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Judge wants stay in teen’s trial over mom’s killing in Bali

January 18, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge is asking an Indonesian court to delay a trial for a Chicago-area teen accused of killing her mother on the resort island of Bali.

Judge Neil Cohen signed an order Friday requesting a short stay of 19-year-old Heather Mack’s trial so she can find a new defense attorney.

Cohen had ruled earlier Friday that Mack can use some of her trust fund money for her defense.

Separate trials began in Indonesia on Wednesday for Mack and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Tommy Schaefer.

They’re charged with premeditated murder for the death of 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose badly beaten body was found in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at a Bali resort in August.

They could face the death penalty if convicted.

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