Mack enters plea deal in Reno courthouse shooting case |

Mack enters plea deal in Reno courthouse shooting case

LAS VEGAS (AP) ” Darren Mack, on trial for killing his wife and shooting the judge who was handling their bitter divorce in Reno, pleaded Monday to both counts, bringing an abrupt end to his jury trial.

The surprise move Monday came as defense lawyers Scott Freeman and David Chesnoff began presenting their case to jurors.

Mack, 46, was on trial for the June 12, 2006 stabbing death of his estranged wife, Charla, at Mack’s townhouse in south Reno.

Authorities said after the killing, Mack drove to a downtown parking garage and shot Washoe Family Court Judge Chuck Weller through the third-floor window of the judge’s chambers.

The judge survived.

Under the deal accepted by District Judge Doug Herndown, Mack pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his wife. He entered an “Alford” plea to the attempted murder charge, the Nevada equivalent of no contest by admitting he shot the judge but without legally admitting he was guilty of that crime.

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