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Court Records Reveal Phone Call in Bali Suitcase Murder Case

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    A phone call from someone with a familiar name on the caller ID could speak volumes in the federal case against a Chicago man charged with aiding Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack in the murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack. NBC 5's Chris Coffey reports. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015)

    A phone call from someone with a familiar name on the caller ID could speak volumes in the federal case against a Chicago man charged with aiding Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack in the murder case that continues to capture international headlines.

    Robert Bibbs, 24, was arrested on September 23rd and charged with aiding his cousin Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack in the murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack in Bali. Hours after his arrest, federal investigators said Bibbs’ cell phone rang while he was being processed by the FBI.

    The name on the caller ID was “Tommy.” Agents recognized the number “62” on the phone as the code for Indonesia.

    Court records show the agents directed Bibbs to answer the call on speakerphone. When Bibbs answered, he stated something to the effect of, “I’m with the feds.” The caller then stated something to the effect of, “keep your mouth shut.”

    Federal agents said Bibbs was aware of the couple’s plot to kill Von Wiese-Mack and counseled Schaefer on how to get away it. According to the charges, Bibbs believed Schaefer would gain access to Von Wiese-Mack’s estate through Mack, and that Schaefer would share the inheritance with family members.

    Schaefer is serving an 18-year prison sentence in Indonesia for the murder of von Wiese-Mack, whose battered body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside the St. Regis Hotel in Bali in August 2014. Heather Mack was also convicted and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Mack is raising the couple’s 6-month-old daughter, Stella, behind bars.

    Bibbs is currently on home confinement on a $50,000 security bond.

    Court documents also suggest Bibbs may have lied to federal agents about his location last week. The feds said Bibbs told them he was out of town on a job training program. However, agents found Bibbs at an associate’s house.

    The FBI is searching Bibbs’ cell phone for more clues in the conspiracy case against him.

    A Tuesday voicemail left for Bibbs’ attorney has not been returned.

    Complete Coverage: Bali Suitcase Murder

    04/21/15: Couple Found Guilty 

    04/14/15: Lawyers Seek Leniency for  Couple

    04/09/15: Prosecutors Insist Murder Was Planned

    03/31/15: Prosecutors Seek 18-Year Sentences

    03/27/15: Baby Stella Sick With Jaundice

    03/25/15: Baby Stella Rushed to Hospital: Report

    03/20/15: Mack "Ecstatic" to be a Mom, Lawyer Says

    03/19/15: Emails Show Concern Months Before Bali Slaying

    03/18/15: Mack's Baby Could Stay Behind Bars

    03/17/15: Heather Mack Gives Birth

    03/12/15: Schaefer Says von Wiese-Mack Attacked Him, Threatened Baby

    03/11/15: Mack Says Schaefer Killed Her Mother

    02/27/15: Teen Charged in Bali Murder is Suicidal, Attorney Says

    02/26/15: Bell Boy, Police Testify in Tommy Schaefer Trial

    02/06/15: Heather Mack Hospitalized

    02/04/15: Heather Mack: "I Loved My Mom"

    02/02/15: Trial of Chicago Couple Charged in Bali Murder Ordered to Proceed

    01/20/15: Judge Approves Release of $150K From Trust Fund

    01/16/15: Murder Suspect Sues Slain Mother's Estate to Pay For Defense

    01/14/15: Bali Suitcase Murder Trial Begins in Indonesia

    10/03/14: Suspect in Bali Suitcase Murder Says Slur Sparked Anger

    09/23/14: Lawyer: Unborn Child of Bali Murder Suspect is "Well-Formed"

    09/22/14: Lawyer Refutes Reports That Bali Murder Suspect Confessed

    09/19/14: Chicago Suspect Confesses in Bali Killing, Police Say

    08/27/14: Mother of Bali Murder Suspect Raises Money for Legal Defense

    08/26/14: Will of Chicago Woman Killed in Bali Filed in Court

    08/21/14: Police Say Disagreement Preceded Bali Suitcase Death

    08/20/14: Report: Chicago Woman Slain in Bali Received Over $800K

    08/20/14: Attorney: Couple Held in Bali Death Under Suicide Watch

    08/19/14: Police Reports Show History of Oak Park Teen Attacking Mom

    08/18/14: Pregnant Bali Murder Suspect Alleges Sexual Assault in Jail

    08/18/14: Body of Mom Slain in Bali En Route to U.S.

    08/16/14: Autopsy: Chicago Woman Killed in Bali Was Hit by "Blunt Object"

    08/16/14: Bali Murder Suspects Refuse to Cooperate, Police Say

    08/15/14: Teen Charged in Bali Murder May Be Pregnant

    08/15/14: Daughter, Boyfriend Charged With Murder in Bali Suitcase Killing

    08/14/14: Pair Held in Suitcase Death Have Had Psychiatric Examinations

    08/14/14: Bali Murder Suspect Hires Chicago Attorney

    08/13/14: Bali Murder Suspects Refuse to Cooperate: Police

    08/13/14: Chicago Tourist Killed, Stuffed in Suitcase in Indonesia



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