Lawyer: Mack Was Confused When Plea Entered

The new lawyer for Darren Mack says his client was confused and in physical distress when he ended his trial last month and pleaded guilty to killing his wife and admitted shooting the judge handling their divorce.

In documents filed Wednesday, attorney William Routsis argued the 46-year-old Mack should be allowed to withdraw his pleas and go to trial on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Mack abruptly ended his trial on Nov. 5 just as his previous defense lawyers, Scott Freeman and David Chesnoff, were to begin calling witnesses.

He pleaded guilty to stabbing his estranged wife, Charla, on June 12, 2006 and entered a conditional plea to shooting Family Court Judge Chuck Weller. Sentencing was set for January.

But Mack fired his attorneys last week and hired Routsis.

Clark County District Douglas Herndon will hold a hearing in Reno on Monday to schedule briefs and arguments on the motion.

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