D.A. Steps Aside In Mack Case

Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick, citing possible conflicts, on Monday turned the prosecution of a wealthy businessman charged with killing his wife and shooting a judge over to the Clark County district attorney's office.
At a morning news conference, Gammick cited his status as a
potential witness and a 20-year friendship with Darren Mack for the
decision.
"I don't like to turn loose of anything," Gammick said, but
added it would be "very blind of me" not to recognize the
pitfalls if one of his deputies handled the case.
"We don't want to risk the case on it ..." he said.
Mack, 45, is charged with murder, attempted murder and battery
in the June 12 stabbing death of his estranged wife Charla Mack and
shooting of Family Court Judge Chuck Weller.
Defense lawyers Scott Freeman and David Chesnoff last week filed
motions seeking to bar all Washoe County prosecutors and judges
from any involvement in the case because of alleged conflicts.
Mack surrendered to authorities in Mexico on June 23 after 11
days on the lam.
During that time, Gammick said Mack called him about a dozen
times to discuss his surrender.
The district attorney also said Mack sought him out in recent
weeks to discuss his divorce and child-custody battle.
Gammick said a team of prosecutors being assembled by Clark
County District Attorney David Rogers will make all decisions in
the case, including whether Mack will face a possible death
penalty.


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