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Lawyer: Unborn Child of Bali Murder Suspect is "Well-Formed"

Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were arrested last month in connection with the murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack

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    Chicago Tourist Killed, Stuffed in Suitcase in Bali

    08/13/14: The body of 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack was discovered on Tuesday in a suitcase in the back of a taxi, parked at the prestigious St. Regis Hotel in Denpasar. NBC Chicago's Lauren Petty reports at 5:30 a.m. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014)

    The lawyer for the unborn child of a Chicago teen accused in connection with her mother’s murder in Bali said the baby is "well formed."

    Lawyer Vanessa Favia said Tuesday that 19-year-old Heather Mack, who is three months pregnant, was taken to the hospital for an ultrasound.

    “The baby is well formed with the spine, head, hands and feet already visible,” a statement from Favia read. “The heart rate monitor indicates reassuring tones and she is set to have routine doctor visits going forward throughout her pregnancy.”

    Favia said earlier that she would represent the unborn baby and make sure Mack gets proper nutrition and medical attention so Mack can deliver a healthy child. Bali police have said Mack will not get special treatment.

    Police: Couple Confessed to Bali Suitcase Killing

    [CHI] Chicago Couple Confess to Bali Suitcase Killing, Police Say
    09/19/14: Heather Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were arrested in Bali on Aug. 13, a day after the body of Mack's mother was found in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort. NBC Chicago's Regina Waldroup reports at midday.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 19, 2014)

    Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were arrested last month in connection with the murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, a day after her body was found inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort.

    Authorities said an autopsy showed von Wiese-Mack, 62, died of asphyxiation from a broken nose bone resulting from a blunt blow.

    Police Chief Col. Djoko Heru Utomo said Friday that Schaefer confessed during an interrogation and that Mack acknowledged her role in separate questioning.

    Attorney Thomas Anthony Durkin told the Wednesday Journal that he has been in contact with Schaefer over the last few weeks, and that his client "has not confessed, pure and simple," although he was unsure how the information about the confession surfaced. Durkin has not traveled to Bali, but says he's considering making the trip.

    Mack's Chicago-based attorney, Michael Elkin, said his client is innocent of the allegations. Elkin earlier told NBC 5 he was in the process of organizing a team of attorneys, doctors and private investigators to help with Mack's defense.

    Schaefer's mother has appealed for financial support for her son on the YouCaring.com website to raise money to pay for a lawyer in Indonesia.

    Mother of Bali Murder Suspect Raises Money for Legal Defense

    Mother of Bali Murder Suspect Raises Money for Legal Defense
    8/27/2014: Tommy Schaefer's mother, Kia Walker, creates fundraising page seeking $100,000 to pay for a lawyer in Indonesia. NBC 5's Chris Coffey reports.
    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014)

    If found guilty, both suspects could be sentenced to death under Article 340 of Indonesia's Criminal Code.