Trial Begins for Chicago Couple Charged in Case

January 14, 2015 11:25 PM

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Trial Begins for Chicago Couple Charged in Case

Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack, charged with the brutal killing of Mack’s mother and Chicago socialite Sheila von Wiese-Mack during a vacation in Bali, traded their bright orange prison vests for clean pressed clothes Tuesday as guards led them into an Indonesian courtroom for the first day of their murder trial.

The bloodied body of von Wiese-Mack, 62, was found on Aug. 12, stuffed in a suitcase in the back of a taxi at the posh resort where she had been staying. Prosecutors charged Schaefer, 21, and Mack, 19, with premeditated murder, which makes the couple eligible for the death penalty.

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