Reno man who killed wife, shot judge wants retrial

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Updated: 6/25 11:23 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno man appealing his conviction for murdering his wife and trying to assassinate the judge handling their divorce in 2006 told one of his lawyers at the time he believed he was justified in shooting a "corrupt" judge but worried about being viewed as a "nut-case with a rifle.'

Darren Mack also told then-Reno defense lawyer Scott Freeman during a jailhouse meeting five months before his trial any plea deal must not undermine his ability to spread his message about family court corruption.

Freeman, who now is a Washoe County district judge, described the meeting in a 2007 memo to co-counsel.

The memo recently was added to exhibits Mack attached to his latest federal appeal claiming he received ineffective counsel. Judge Robert Jones agreed Monday to extend until July 31 the deadline for prosecutors to respond.

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freedomrings - 6/25/2014 9:01 PM
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This case was so cut and dried it wasn't funny. There was never attempted murder of a judge. Mack was an excellent marksman, If he wanted that judge dead, he would've been dead. He just wanted to scare that gender biased phony. He was basically thrown out of that Vegas court room for his outrageous behavior, unbecoming of a judge. His so called tiny wife happened to be experienced in martial arts, a threat that would require personal protection. A new trial with a good lawyer and mack will be a free man.

sierra11 - 6/25/2014 7:33 PM
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Can't touch this one....it's radioactive! What is bothersome was the Las Vegas Jury who did not want to hear anymore of Judge Weller's testimony during the trial. He's the one who got shot for crying out loud! What did Judge Weller say as a witness on his own behalf that would make a Jury tell the acting Judge they don't want him back in the Courtroom? Doesn't make sense does it? Anyhow, can't condone attempted murder and murder no matter what the circumstances.

LASD1096 - 6/25/2014 4:11 PM
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He did not murder Judge Weller, the judge lived. He murdered his ex-wife and he is a nut with a rifle and a murderer

Griffin - 6/25/2014 3:54 PM
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"He believed he was Justified in shooting a corrupt Judge". Ah,...No.. He murdered a judge who decided against him. If he didn't like the original decision he should have requested a different judge, or brought the case before the courts for having a corrupt judge{ if that is what he Truly believed} Instead he took a rifle and shot the judge from where no one could see him. He has proven himself to be not just a Murdering nut-case if a rifle, he is a COWARD for not taking care of it in a legal manner and doing it with a long range weapon. He Knew he was in the wrong and was losing that is why he murdered his wife and shot the judge. But! There is always another judge to take the place of the one he shot. Just rem,ember, if he gets out, anyone who upsets him could be his next target.

kdavis52 - 6/25/2014 3:29 PM
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Anyone with a strong want can kill another person. 5 year old children have been known to kill a baby because they're jealous.

skeptic2u - 6/25/2014 3:27 PM
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Oh yeah, a gentle soul. He signed a statement saying he was making 60K a month. Signed under penalty of perjury. That doc was used to set his child support. Tough luck. He's a cowardly murderer of his children's mother. A dirtbag.

4me2knw - 6/25/2014 1:00 PM
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I knew Darren. He was a kind, gentle soul until judge Weller, who's now running for re-election, took everything Darren had and gave it to his EX. The judge bankrupted Darren with his rulings. I don't know what happened to Darren to cause him to re-act like this. He must of just snapped? I just pray for all involved, especially his children.

LASD1096 - 6/25/2014 11:32 AM
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Who would dare call him a "Nut Case with a Rifle"? Of course in all honesty he is a "Nut Case with a Rifle" in addition to being a cold blooded murderer. What a freak, quit giving him news coverage, just let him rot and die in prison.

LASD1096 - 6/25/2014 11:31 AM
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Who would dare to call him a "nut-case with a rifle"? Of course in all
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