Teen Accused in Bali Suitcase Murder: "I Loved My Mom" - NBC Chicago

Teen Accused in Bali Suitcase Murder: "I Loved My Mom"

Heather Mack, 19, faces death by firing squad if found guilty of pre-meditated murder



    Teen Accused in Bali Suitcase Murder Gives Interview

    Heather Mack spoke to the Chicago Tribune in a series of phone calls. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015)

    A Chicago teen accused of killing her mother and helping her boyfriend stuff the body inside a suitcase at an exclusive resort hotel in Bali says she loved her mother and is innocent of all the charges she faces.

    "I believe my lawyer, who has worked relentlessly on my behalf, will prove this in court. I ask that the public reserve judgment on my case until the judge passes his verdict," Heather Mack, 19, said in a series of telephone interviews with Chicago Tribune.

    "I loved my mom with all my heart and miss her every day," she said.

    Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, are being tried separately with the same judges and prosecutors. They are charged with the premeditated murder of 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack and face a maximum penalty of death by firing squad if found guilty by a three-judge panel. 

    Mack, who is pregnant, told the Tribune she's "petrified," particularly for her daughter, who is due in April. She said she plans to name the girl Stella.

    The teen said she contacted the publication because her Indonesian criminal defense attorney has not been paid from her trust fund as ordered.

    She says the attorney has received just one payment of three that have been expected, and she said she plans to fire her Chicago-area attorneys. Those attorneys said they're unaware of plans to remove them from the case.

    Cook County Judge Neil Cohen on Jan. 20 approved the release of $150,000 from her mother's estate fund to help pay for her legal fees in Indonesia.

    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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