Former Oak Park resident Heather Mack will remain in federal custody. The development comes after Mack’s hearing in stateside courts, held last Wednesday at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in downtown Chicago.
Freshly back in the United States following her deportation from Indonesia, Mack is under federal indictment for plotting the overseas murder of her mother Sheila von Weise Mack, who was bludgeoned to death with a metal fruit bowl in 2014 at an upscale Bali resort. Her body was discovered in a suitcase outside the hotel.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a prosecutor told U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle both sides had agreed to Mack’s ongoing detention. The hearing was attended by von Weise Mack’s siblings, William Wiese and Debbi Curran.
“As difficult as this is for our family and all of Sheila’s friends, we are pleased that Sheila will finally have her day in court,” Wiese reportedly told reporters following the hearing.
Mack was recently released from prison in Indonesia, where she served seven years of a 10-year sentence for helping Tommy Schaefer, her then-boyfriend, carry out the murder. Upon her release, she was subsequently deported and arrested by U.S. authorities shortly after landing at O’Hare Airport. She will return to court Jan. 18.
Schaefer, also an Oak Park native, is currently in Indonesia where he is serving 18 years in prison. He is also mentioned in the indictment.