Lawyers: Indonesian murder charges against US couple absurd

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Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:05 AM
Lawyers: Indonesian murder charges against US couple absurd

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Lawyers representing a young American couple charged with murdering the woman's mother in Indonesia argued on Wednesday that the indictments are absurd and inaccurate and should be annulled.

Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, who are both from Chicago, are being tried separately at the Denpasar District Court on Bali island. They could face the firing squad if found guilty of premeditated murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose body was found in a suitcase on a taxi outside a hotel in August.

In their pleas, the lawyers said indictments submitted last week raised questions of whether other people entered the victim's room and killed her. They asked the judges to annul the indictment for the sake of law.

Prosecutors said the couple plotted the murder because von Wiese-Mack did not endorse their relationship.