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The cousin of a Chicago man, who was convicted of premeditated murder after helping his pregnant girlfriend kill her mother, has been arrested as a co-conspirator in the death that nabbed international headlines.

Robert Ryan Justin Bibbs, 24, was arrested Wednesday in Chicago on charges that he advised Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack on how to kill Mack’s wealthy mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, reports the New York Daily News.

The mother’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase last summer during a luxury vacation in Bali. Mack, 19, and Schaefer, 21, were each convicted in April on charges of premeditated murder in an Indonesian court.

Prosecutors allege that Bibbs suggested ways to commit the murder and how to “evade police detection” in anticipation of a big payoff from Mack, who expected an inheritance after her mother’s death, the report says.

Via The News:

According to a criminal complaint, Mack had offered anyone $50,000 to kill her wealthy mother, 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack, after years of fighting and not getting along at their Illinois home.

“So that bitch heather is crazy huh,” Schaefer allegedly messaged Bibbs on Facebook in February, 2014 while telling him about the then 19-year-old’s offer.

“She said the one thing that would make her most happy is if her mom dies,” he continued.

Schaefer testified during his trial that von Wiese-Mack was angry when she learned that her daughter was pregnant, leading him to hit her with metal fruit bowl. The couple’s daughter, Stella, was born in prison in March.



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