Mack E-Mail To Washoe DA Challenged

A judge expressed concerns today about allowing evidence at Darren Mack's murder trial that includes incriminating comments Mack made in an e-mail to the district attorney regarding the killing of his estranged wife and shooting of a judge.

District Judge Donald Herndon earlier suppressed telephone conversations between Mack and Washoe County District Attorney
Richard Gammick.

Mack is accused of the June 2006 stabbing death of his wife, Charla, and then shooting and wounding the judge who was handling their divorce.

In a previous ruling, Herndon threw out the taped telephone conversations in which Mack allegedly confessed on grounds they were recorded illegally.

The judge also said those conversations were inadmissible because Gammick knew Mack was represented by lawyers and had a professional duty not to talk to him.

During today's hearing, defense lawyers Scott Freeman and David
Chesnoff said the same argument applies to an e-mail Mack allegedly
sent to Gammick while he was on the run in Mexico.

The judge is expected to rule by the end of the day.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday.