CHICAGO– Almost nine years after the Oak Park socialite Sheila Von Wiese-Mack was brutally murdered, Heather Mack is set to appear in court.
In August 2014 Wiese-Mack’s body was found badly beaten and stuffed inside a suitcase in a taxi outside the hotel in Bali where the family had been staying at. Heather Mack, who was 19 at the time, and her boyfriend Tommy Shaefer who was 21, were then arrested and prosecuted in Indonesia. Schaefer and Mack beat Wiese-Mack to death in order to inherit her $1.5 Million dollar estate.
Mack spent seven years out of her 10 year sentence in prison in Indonesia and was deported back to Chicago, IL, her home, in November 2022 with her then 6 year old daughter. Shaefer remains in prison to this day. Mack, now 26, was then detained at O’Hare airport with a hearing set for August 1st.
As the hearing approaches, it is more and more pressing to see what Michael Leonard of Leaonard Trial Lawyers has planned as he represents Mack in the case.
According to the indictment, Mack and Shaefer have been charged with conspiring to kill her mother Sheila von Wiese-Mack as well as, obstruction of justice in the three-count indictment.
In a statement released by his own firm, Micahel Leonard says he is planning to dismiss one of the charges on Mack. “Ms. Mack, after already serving a substantial sentence in Bali arising of the death of her mother, has been charged by Federal prosecutors in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago). One of the Counts against Ms. Mack (Count II) charges her with conspiring to violate Title 18 of the United States Code, § 1119 (“Section 1119”).”
The Chicago Sun Times had also reported that Leonard is planning on pleading guilty to the conspiracy of killing her mother but all parties are still negotiating.
The hearing on August 1st is said to be a response to public pressure as the U.S constitution does not constitute trying someone twice for the same act. However, due to the difference in laws in the two countries, the hearing has remained in place.
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