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US couple in Indonesian resort charged with murder

A police officer escorts suspect Tommy Schaffer, 21, during an investigation at a police office in Nusa Dua on Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 13, 2014. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

BALI, Indonesia: Indonesian police have charged an American couple with murder after the body of the girl's 62-year-old mother was found stuffed in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.

The 19-year-old Heather Mack and her 21-year-old boyfriend Tommy Schaefer were arrested Wednesday in Bali's Kuta area, a day after the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort.

Bali deputy police chief Brig. Gen. Gusti Ngurah Raharja Subyakta said Friday that the charges were based on testimony from witnesses and evidence from the scene.

Subyakta says the couple refuses to speak to investigators without a lawyer present.

He says both were being tested for illegal drugs.

Wiese-Mack lived with her daughter in Oak Park in Chicago.

 

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