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US man arrested over Bali body-in-bag murder plot

24 September 2015, 10:00

Chicago - Police arrested a Chicago man Wednesday in connection with an alleged murder plot that resulted in a dead body found stuffed in a suitcase in a taxi outside a Bali resort.

Robert Ryan Justin Bibbs was charged by the US Department of Justice with advising his cousin Tommy Schaefer and his cousin's girlfriend Heather Mack on how to go about killing Mack's mother, Sheila Von Wiese, during an Indonesian vacation in August 2014.

Von Wiese's body was later found bludgeoned to death in a suitcase.

Also read: NZ man gets 15 years prison in Indonesia in drug smuggling

Schaefer and Mack were sentenced to 18 years and 10 years in prison, respectively, by Indonesian authorities earlier this year over the murder.

In its complaint against Bibbs, 24, the DOJ charged he knew of the plot against the mother, advised how to kill her and avoid detection, and that he thought he would share in the inheritance he believed the victim's daughter and his cousin would receive.

Bibbs was arrested and appeared in federal court in Chicago.


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