March 11, 2014
A Reno judge has denied a defense motion seeking a mental evaluation for Darren Mack, a wealthy businessman charged with killing his estranged wife and shooting the judge who was handling their divorce.
Justice of the Peace Edward Dannan, after a morning hearing, said defense lawyers failed to present evidence raising "sufficient or reasonable doubt" that Mack was unable to effectively assist in his defense.
He then ordered Mack's preliminary hearing to proceed.
The 45-year-old Mack is charged with murder and attempted murder
for the June 12th stabbing death of his wife, Charla, and
sniper-style shooting of Family Court Judge Chuck Weller.
Weller was shot through the window of his third-floor chambers
and has recovered.
Mack surrendered to authorities in Mexico 11 days later.