Darren Mack Fires Attorneys, Plans To Withdraw Guilty Pleas

Darren Mack, who unexpectedly agreed to plead guilty to the stabbing death of his wife and the sniper-like shooting of a judge, has fired his defense team and plans to file a motion to withdraw his guilty pleas to murder and attempted murder charges officials stated Friday.

His attorneys could not be reached for comment on Friday.

In a surprise move, Mack interrupted his murder trial on Nov. 5, just as his lawyers were about to present the defense case, and agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder of his estranged wife, Charla.

She was found stabbed to death in the garage of his town house on June 12, 2006.

Mack also entered a conditional guilty plea on the attempted murder charge in the shooting of their divorce judge, Chuck Weller, that same day.

Under the plea, Mack said he did not intend to kill the judge but acknowledged that the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him.

Judge Douglas Herndon had scheduled sentencing Jan. 17-18 in Las
Vegas, where he moved the trial after determining an impartial jury
could not be found in Washoe County.

Mack faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years on the murder charge.

Scott Freeman, one of Mack's trial lawyers, has signed the substitution request but co-counsel David Chesnoff had not.

Freeman was out of town at a convention and unavailable to comment, his office said, and calls to Chesnoff on Friday were not immediately returned.