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Man sought in wife's slaying surrenders

Fugitive gives up at hotel in Mexico

RENO -- A former pawn shop owner wanted in the slaying of his estranged wife and the sniper shooting of a judge surrendered to authorities at a hotel in Mexico after nearly two weeks on the run.

Darren Mack, 45, was arrested in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta late Thursday, hours after he had first arranged a morning surrender there and then failed to show up, authorities said. Reno Police Chief Michael Poehlman said intense news coverage probably led Mack to conclude that authorities were closing in on him.

Mack was flown to the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport yesterday, and authorities said he would be escorted to Nevada later in the day.

He is charged with murder in the stabbing death of 39-year-old Charla Mack, whose body was found June 12 in his townhouse garage. The same day, Family Court Judge Chuck Weller was shot in the chest as he stood near his third-floor office window. Weller had been handling the couple's divorce case. The judge is recovering. No charges have been filed in his shooting.

A search of Mack's townhouse turned up boxes of ammunition and an empty gun case with a receipt for a rifle equipped with a laser sighting device, according to court papers. The FBI added Mack to its most-wanted list Tuesday.

Defense lawyer Scott Freeman said Mack chose to surrender ``to be with his family, his children, and to defend himself."

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