THE so identified as “suitcase killer” has been denied a request to decreased her bond, which means she will stay in custody although awaiting trial over the demise of her rich mom for the duration of a luxury family vacation in Bali.
Heather Mack, 27, hoped to acquire again custody of her young daughter if released.
But US District Judge Matthew Kennelly on Thursday declined to ease her ailments.
“There are lots of motives to believe that she would pose a threat to other folks,” he mentioned.
The selection suggests Mack will continue to be in custody devoid of bond while awaiting a July trial in federal court in Chicago.
Mack was arrested just after returning to Chicago in November 2021.
She had currently served far more than seven decades in an Indonesian prison for her purpose in the death of her mother Sheila von Wiese-Mack.
The body of socialite von Wiese-Mack had been stuffed in a suitcase and still left in a taxi exterior a hotel on the island of Bali following she was strike with a fruitbowl.
According to the indictment, Mack served Schaefer to things her 62-12 months-aged mother’s human body into the bag within the ritzy 5-star resort as aspect of an alleged plot to access her $1.5million estate.
She allegedly organized travel for Schaefer from Chicago, Illinois, to Bali, Indonesia, to meet her and her mom in August 2014.
Schaefer allegedly exchanged textual content messages with his cousin, Robert Bibbs, pertaining to various ways to kill von Wiese.
Mack, who was 18 and expecting at the time, also exchanged messages with Schaefer “in which they discussed how and when to kill von Weise,” the indictment suggests.
The previous lovers referred to them selves in the texts as “Bonnie and Clyde,” prosecutors say.
In 1 concept about her mother’s prepared demise, Mack reportedly wrote: “Actually are unable to wait.”
Mack was caught following the driver alerted police and the pair was arrested a working day just after the killing at a finances resort a few miles away.
Although Mack was convicted in Indonesia, US prosecutors submitted their personal case.
They accuse her of conspiring with her then-boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, just before they traveled to the islands in 2014.
Schaefer is still in prison in Indonesia.
Von Wiese-Mack’s siblings have said they concern for their security if Mack was unveiled.
The socialite’s youthful sister, Debbi Curran, stated she had been a “second mother” to Mack all her daily life, but called her niece a “master manipulator.”
Mack, who experienced appeared impassive during the listening to, wiped absent tears as an psychological Curran spoke.
Mack’s youngster is in the custody of Curran’s daughter Stella, who Mack gave start to in prison.
Protection legal professional Michael Leonard claimed he and Mack had been “disappointed” by the judge’s determination.
He had cited her “loving” connection with her seven-year-previous daughter as element of his argument.
The female was born shortly right before Mack and Schaefer ended up convicted in the death of von Wiese-Mack in 2015.
In 2017, a third person, Robert Bibbs, was sentenced to 9 yrs in an American jail for advising Mack and Schaefer about how to kill Von Wiese-Mack.
Before the killing of von Wiese, she and Mack reportedly shared a troubled connection, police reports and statements from neighbors clearly show.
Von Wiese filed various complaints in opposition to her daughter, alleging battery, theft and truancy. She also filed a sequence of lacking particular person reviews for Mack.
Their motive evidently was to inherit income from Mack’s mother, who was the widow of jazz and classical composer James L. Mack.