Court Documents: Mack Confessed to Shooting Reno Judge

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RENO (AP) - Before his arrest in Mexico last year, Reno businessman Darren Mack confessed to the stabbing death of his estranged wife and the shooting of the judge who handled their divorce.

That's the word from Special Prosecutor Christopher Lalli, who maintains Darren Mack admitted killing Charla Mack and shooting Family Court Judge Chuck Weller in a telephone call to Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick.

Lalli made the assertion in a district court document filed Friday in response to motions filed by Mack's lawyers last month.

Gammick has recused himself from the case because of his friendship with Mack and his involvement in his surrender June 23rd in Puerto Vallarta.

The 45-year-old Mack has been charged with murder in Charla Mack's June 12th death and attempted murder in the same-day, sniper-style shooting of Weller.

The judge, who was shot in the chest as he stood in his chambers, has returned to the bench.

Mack has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. His trial is set for October First.

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