Friday, August 15, 2014

Indonesia: Update--US Citizens Heather Lois Mack, 19, Tommy Schafer, 21, Face Firing Squad if Convicted

According to NBC News Jakarta, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose remains were found in a piece of luggage at the upscale St. Regis Bali Resort on Tuesday (August 12), have resulted in Wiese-Mack's daughter, Heather Lois Mack, 19, and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Schafer, have both been charged with homicide in Wiese-Mack's death as of today (August 15).

Under Indonesian law, Heather Lois Mack, 19, and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer potentially face the death penalty by firing squad.

A suitcase containing the half-naked corpse of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, of the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, IL, was found on Tuesday. The luggage had been wrapped in a garbage bag and left in a waiting taxi for two hours before being discovered, police said. 

COMMENT: Witnesses told investigators that Heather Mack seemed panicked when she allegedly left the suitcase and told a taxi driver to wait for a "go" sign, adding: "I'm getting my mom." 

A security guard at the plush St. Regis Bali resort also said the weight of the silver suitcase had made him suspicious. When the Mack and Schaefer did not return for two hours, the taxi driver called police. 

Bali Police Chief Inspector General J. Benny Mokalu told NBC NEWS on Friday that six witnesses had been interviewed. Investigators were planning to speak to at least seven others. 

Chicago-based attorney Michael Elkin has reportedly been retained by Heather Mack. 

Speaking to NBC Chicago before Mack was charged, Elkins said the allegations against the teen were untrue. He added that Mack was "hysterical" at times when they spoke on Tuesday (August 12).

Both Heather Mack and Schaefer are undergoing psychological and other tests, according to police. 

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.