Woman charged with murdering mother in Bali can access her money

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A Cook County judge has ruled the Chicago woman accused of killing her mother in Bali can access her trust fund to pay for a private defense attorney.

Heather Mack says she needs the money to hire a new attorney in Indonesia.

A retired Cook County judge will also be appointed to serve as interim trustee of the estate.

Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer,  are on trial in Bali for beating Sheila von Wiese-Mack and stuffing her body into a suitcase last August.

The mother reportedly created a trust fund for her estate, which is worth more than $1.5 million, just weeks before she traveled to Bali with Mack.   Mack’s uncle is now the executor of the estate.

If convicted, Mack and Schaefer face death by firing squad.   Mack is seven months pregnant.

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