Indonesian Prosecutors Seek Up to 18-Year Term for US Couple - NBC Chicago

Indonesian Prosecutors Seek Up to 18-Year Term for US Couple

Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer are accused of killing Mack's mother and putting her body in a suitcase



    Chicago Woman Says Boyfriend Killed Her Mother in Bali

    A Chicago woman charged with premeditated murder in the death of her mother on Indonesia's Bali island told a court Wednesday that her boyfriend was the one who killed her mother. NBC Chicago's Chris Coffey reports. (Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015)

    Indonesian prosecutors want an American teen and her boyfriend to be sentenced to 15 and 18 years, respectively, if the two are convicted of murdering the woman's mother while vacationing on the resort island of Bali.

    Tommy Schaefer, 21, and Heather Mack, 19, both of Chicago, are being tried separately by Denpasar District Court on a charge of premeditated murder for the death of Sheila von Wiese-Mack at a hotel last August.

    Chief prosecutor Eddy Arta Wijaya asked the judges on Tuesday to declare the defendants guilty and to sentence Schaefer to 18 years and Mack to 15 years. Under Indonesian laws, Mack and Schaefer could have faced a possible death penalty.

    Mack appeared at court with her newborn baby. Published reports last week indicated the baby, Stella, has been in a clinic being treated for jaundice.

    Their lawyers will respond to the prosecution's case next week.

    Mack has pinned her mother's death on Schaefer. She testified earlier this month that Schaefer, 21, attacked von Wiese-Mack after the mother threatened the life of the then-unborn child.

    Schaefer, in his trial, admitted he struck von Wiese-Mack with a metal bowl but only after he said she tried to strangle him.

    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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