Evidence found in Mack Murder

By: James Steiner/AP
By: James Steiner/AP

He's a wealthy pawn broker and a swinger, and police say Darren Mack is also a federal fugitive who may have fled to the San Francisco Bay area after allegedly slashing his wife to death, and shooting a family court judge.

The Justice Department charged Mack today with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on a state murder charge filed earlier in the Monday slaying of his estranged wife.

Mack's cousin, Jeffrey Donner, who lives in Moraga, California, said Mack called him minutes after Judge Chuck Weller was shot Monday afternoon through his third-floor office window, by a sniper firing a high-powered rifle from a building three football fields away.

Donner told reporters that Mack's message was, "If anything happens to me, please make sure that the true story about the injustices that are going on in that courtroom get out to the media and the public."

Investigators say Mack may have headed west because of the contact with Donner, and because a credit card used by the company he owns was used at the Sacramento airport Monday afternoon.

Search teams found evidence related to Charla Mack's slaying near Interstate 80 in west Reno, but would not disclose what it was.

Forensics teams are continue to comb the building from which it's believed the shot was fired, and the home where the murder occurred.


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