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Chicago Woman Charged in Mom's Bali Murder is Suicidal, Attorney Says



    Chicago Woman Charged in Mom's Bali Murder is Suicidal, Attorney

    There is a new concern about the pregnant Chicago teenager accused of killing her mother at a posh resort in Bali. NBC Chicago's Chris Coffey reports. (Published Friday, Feb. 27, 2015)

    There is a new concern about the pregnant Chicago teenager accused of killing her mother at a posh resort in Bali.

    Heather Mack is described as “suicidal” by her attorney in Indonesia.

    Mack’s defense attorney, Ary Soenardi, sent a letter to the special trustee of Mack’s $1.5 million trust fund and said the 19-year-old is stuck in a financial battle. He wrote that more problems arise each week with Mack’s financial situation and her personal health.

    “I am in contact with my client every day and she is very depressed and often mentions taking her own life because she does not believe I will remain as her lawyer if my retainer fee is not met immediately,” Soenardi wrote.

    Soenardi wrote he has threatened to withdraw as Mack’s legal counsel in Indonesia because he has only received a third of his retainer fee.

    “My job is to save Heather’s life from the death penalty in Indonesia and I am proving her innocence as it is not a hard job,” Soenardi said.

    Cook County Judge Neil Cohen said Soenardi is using the letter as “emotional blackmail” to extract money from the trust. Last month Cohen ordered that Soenardi be paid in three installments from the trust as long as Soenardi provides detailed billing invoices.

    Soenardi said he’s supplied the invoices. Cohen authorized another payment Friday.

    Cohen may also approve several thousand dollars for Mack’s birthing expenses. She’s due to give birth in April. But Cohen has requested more expected cost details from her Chicago based lawyer, Anthony Scifo.

    Scifo also withdrew his request to be withdrawn from representing Mack state-side. He said he has been speaking to her each day.

    “Heather’s doing well. She’s a little bit nervous. Her attorney will be getting some fees, so we’re happy about that,” Scifo said.

    Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, are on trial accused of killing Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese Mack, and stuffing the body in a suitcase.

    Mack has claimed she’s innocent.

    The couple are currently being tried separately. They face the death penalty if convicted.

    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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