- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago judge overseeing the $1.56 million trust of a woman convicted in connection with her mother’s murder says he won’t be “emotionally blackmailed” into releasing funds to a defense attorney in Indonesia.

Heather Mack’s request for $200,000 included a letter from attorney Ary Soenardi, who said he will continue to represent Mack only if his fee is “paid quickly and in 1 payment.”

As attorneys appeared Wednesday for the emergency motion, Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen said Mack’s request for more money is not an emergency and he won’t release funds until he determines if she still is entitled to her trust.

An Indonesian court in April sentenced Mack to 10 years for killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack while vacationing in Bali last August. Her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, received an 18-year sentence.


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