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Former NFL player pleads not guilty to 1994 murder

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A former NFL linebacker has pleaded not guilty to killing a wealthy Southern California businessman 14 years ago.

Orange County district attorney’s spokeswoman Farrah Emami says Eric Naposki entered the plea Thursday in Superior Court in Newport Beach.

Naposki, who played in the late 1980s for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, is charged with one count of murder in the December 1994 shooting of millionaire William Francis McLaughlin.

Authorities say Naposki was romantically involved with McLaughlin’s girlfriend, Nanette Ann Packard McNeal, who stood to collect $1 million in life insurance from McLaughlin’s death. She also is charged with murder.

A message seeking comment was left for Naposki’s attorney Gary Pohlson.

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