A pregnant Chicago teen on trial for aiding her boyfriend in the killing her mother is being granted access to a $1.6 Million trust fund her mother set aside for her.
The girl, Heather Mack, 19 and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, are being tried in Indonesia for allegedly beating her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, to death and stuffing her body in a suitcase in Bali in August.
Schaefer admitted to the murder and Mack confessed to helping him hide the body in a suitcase according to Bali police.
Now Chicago Judge Neil Cohen has ruled that she is entitled to funds from the estate to “preserve her life,” although an amount has not yet been decided by attorneys, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Mack sued her uncle, William Wiese, for money from the trust to pay for a defense attorney to “preserve her life”.
Wiese has made no public comments other than to tell the Tribune that Wiese-Mack loved her daughter deeply.
He also expressed his desire to see the teen get a fair trial.
Mack originally sued for $300,000 but lowered the amount to $150,000 however her uncle still declined.
“To date, [the trustee] has not released one penny to assist Heather in any way, shape or form,” the emergency motion states. “Said legal funds are a necessity to preserve Heather’s life,” the court filing read. “[The trustee’s] actions do not comport with good faith or fair dealings and are wholly unconscionable.”
Both Mack and Schaefer face death by firing squad if convicted.
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