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Heather Mack set for trial next year on federal charges in the murder of her mother in Indonesia

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Heather Mack, the Oak Park girl who spent seven years in jail for the murder of her mother in Indonesia, is set to face trial on federal charges right here next year.

Mack was launched from jail in Indonesia final year, after serving seven years of a 10-year sentence for serving to her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, kill her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in Bali in 2014, and stuffing her physique in a suitcase.

Schaefer stays in an Indonesian jail for his function in the murder.

After she was launched from jail in Indonesia, Mack was deported again to the U.S., and earlier than touchdown again in Chicago, federal prosecutors unsealed a 2017 indictment in opposition to her and Schaefer, charging them with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

The indictment particularly says the couple, whereas in the United States, “conspired with each other” to kill Mack’s mother. It says, “on or about August 2, 2014, Mack boarded an airplane at O’Hare” and “arranged for Schaefer to travel from Chicago, Illinois to Bali, Indonesia.”

According to the indictment, in addition they “corruptly destroyed, mutilated and concealed objects, and attempted to do so, with intent to impair the object’s integrity and availability for use in an official proceeding, by forcing the body of Sheila A. Von Wiese into a suitcase after she had been killed and removing the suitcase from the place of the murder, and by removing linens and items of clothing worn during the killing.”

The indictment additionally accuses the couple of conspiring with Schaefer’s cousin, Robert Ryan Justin Bibbs, who didn’t take part in the killing, however pleaded responsible to advising Schaefer with get away with the murder.

Prosecutors say Schaefer exchanged messages with Bibbs, “regarding different ways to kill Von Weise” and that Mack and Schaefer exchanged messages discussing “how and when to kill Von Weise.”

Bibbs pleaded responsible in 2016 to conspiracy to commit overseas murder of U.S. nationwide, and later was sentenced to 9 years in prison.

Mack has pleaded not responsible to the charges, and U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle on Thursday scheduled Mack’s trial to start on July 31, 2023.

Federal prosecutors have stated they count on the trial “will last no longer than three weeks.”

While in jail, Mack gave start to her daughter Stella. The youngster is now with a court-approved guardian, and 4 folks are actually battling over custody of Stella, together with the lady’s paternal grandmother, a cousin of Mack’s, a onetime good friend of Mack’s mother, and the girl who cared for Stella whereas Mack was in jail.

The custody trial started earlier this week.

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