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US man testifies victim strangled him, threatened baby

At murder trial, American testifies woman was strangling him, threatened to kill unborn baby

Heather Mack, left, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, both from Chicago, Ill., sit at a court room to witness a trial in Bali, Indonesia Thursday, Mar...
Heather Mack, left, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, both from Chicago, Ill., are handcuffed as they walk to a court room to witness a trial in Bali,...

Indonesia US Woman Dead

Heather Mack, left, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, both from Chicago, Ill., sit at a court room to witness a trial in Bali, Indonesia Thursday, Mar...

Indonesia US Woman Dead

Heather Mack, left, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, both from Chicago, Ill., are handcuffed as they walk to a court room to witness a trial in Bali,...

BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An American man charged with murdering his girlfriend's mother has told an Indonesian court he was angry after the victim threatened to kill his unborn baby and strangled him hard for about half a minute.

Tommy Schaefer, 21, and Heather Mack, 19, are being tried separately by Denpasar District Court, where they are charged with premeditated murder for the death of Sheila von Wiese-Mack last August in Bali. They could face a firing squad if found guilty. The victim's body was found in a suitcase on a taxi.

Testifying Thursday at the trial of Mack, Schaefer told the court their relationship was not endorsed by his girlfriend's mother.

He said she insulted him using a racial slur and described her daughter as a prostitute who liked a black man.


Updated : 2021-09-18 04:38 GMT+08:00