Judge orders home confinement for cousin in Bali murder case

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CHICAGO — A 24-year-old accused of offering tips via text message from Chicago on how his cousin and his cousin's girlfriend should kill the woman's mother in Indonesia is being released from jail pending trial.

A U.S. judge said at a Friday hearing that Robert Justin Bibbs will be confined to his mother's home on an unsecured $50,000 bond and must wear a GPS-monitoring bracelet.

He's accused of aiding in the killing of Sheila von Wiese-Mack in hopes of sharing in the inheritance. Her body was found stuffed in a suitcase at a Bali resort in 2014. An Indonesian court convicted Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer in April.

Bibbs allegedly texted that his cousin, Schaefer, should suffocate the mother. She was bludgeoned to death with a fruit bowl.

Bibbs was arrested Wednesday.

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