A Chicago female who served more than 7 years in an Indonesian prison for killing her mother at a high-end hotel on the island of Bali has actually been prosecuted on murder conspiracy fees in the United States and also taken right into federal guardianship.
FBI representatives took Heather Mack, 26, right into guardianship on her arrival at Chicago’s O’Hare International Flight terminal on Wednesday early morning, according to the united state Attorney’s office in Chicago
Mack has actually been billed with conspiring to kill her mom Sheila von Wiese-Mack in an U.S. indictment that was unsealed Wednesday. Likewise charged is Mack’s previous partner, Tommy Schaefer, who was additionally founded guilty of murder in Indonesia and is still imprisoned there.
With the charge in which they are billed with conspiracy theory to commit murder in a foreign nation, Mack as well as Schaefer are also charged with blockage of justice in the three-count charge.
At an arraignment on Wednesday afternoon, Mack pleaded innocent to the fees as well as united state Area Judge Charles Norgle got that she stay captive until a detention hearing on Nov. 10.
Brian Claypool, Mack’s attorney, stated Wednesday that the federal costs are “clearly a witch search” in action to public pressure after Mack’s release from prison.
Talking by phone from The golden state, Claypool said he will certainly ask the court to toss out the brand-new costs, arguing that conspiracy theory was consisted of in the fees that Mack was founded guilty of in Indonesia.
” The united state government had an option to make in 2015,” he stated. “They might have combated to extradite … and attempt her in the U.S. court. They didn’t do that.”
Mack’s daughter, Stella Schaefer, who is 6 years of ages, got on the aircraft with her mother, according to Claypool, who said the little lady was “thrilled” concerning her first journey to the USA. He decreased to state that took wardship of the woman when FBI agents took Mack away yet said she was not turned over to child protective solutions. Court records reveal a Chef Area probate judge released an emergency situation order Tuesday assigning among Mack’s attorneys, Vanessa Favia, as the lady’s guardian. Favia might not be grabbed comment.
Schaefer’s mother said she was upset that she was not offered custody of her granddaughter.
” The attorneys do not need safekeeping,” Kia Pedestrian informed reporters at the airport. “Stella has family members below. She has me. I desire my granddaughter. I want this madness to quit.”
According to the charge, Mack flew from Chicago to Indonesia on Aug. 2, 2014, and also Schaefer got here on a trip from Chicago eight days later. On Aug. 11, Schaefer communicated in messages with Robert Ryan Justin Bibbs in Chicago regarding “different methods to eliminate Von Wiese.” The next day, according to the indictment, Schaefer and Mack exchanged messages regarding “how and when to kill Von Wiese.”
According to the indictment, both eliminated Von Wiese-Mack on or regarding that exact same day, then stuffed the body right into a traveling bag and packed it into the trunk of a taxi taxicab. It states Mack and Schaefer tried to cover what they had actually done by “eliminating items of clothes worn during the murder.”
Von Wiese-Mack’s severely ruined body was later on uncovered in the taxi parked at the upscale St. Regis Bali Hotel.
In 2016, Bibbs, that was recognized as a relative of Schaefer, pleaded guilty to aiding to prepare the murder in exchange for $50,000 from Mack’s expected inheritance. That relative was punished the following year to nine years in prison. In 2017, the Chicago Tribune reported that court papers exposed the FBI was investigating whether others were associated with the conspiracy.
According to the charge, the murder “was part of the conspiracy theory that Heather L. Mack and also Tommy E. Schaefer hid, misrepresented and also hid.”
Mack was practically 19 as well as a few weeks expecting at the time of the killing. She and Schaefer, after that 21, were detained a day later on at a resort concerning 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the St. Regis.
The killing produced global attention, in part because the traveling bag appeared also tiny to hold a grown-up woman’s body. The pair were founded guilty in 2015; Mack was sentenced to ten years behind bars and also Schaefer got an 18-year sentence.
Indonesian officials introduced in August that Mack would be launched in October. She was without jail on Friday and also deported to the United States today.