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Suitcase Death Suspect Given Psychiatric Tests
Indonesian police have run psychiatric tests on the daughter of an American woman found dead inside a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.
Police arrested the daughter, Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, and accused them of killing the girl's mother, Chicago-based Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62.
The victim's half-naked body was found stuffed into a blood-stained suitcase found in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St Regis hotel in the upscale Nusa Dua resort, where the three were staying.
Mack broke down in tears during questioning and claimed three men had sought to rob her and her mother in the hotel.
But police insist there is strong evidence against the pair.
"We have done blood and psychiatric tests to try to find out their motive in the case, maybe they are mentally unstable," said Djoko Hariutomo, police chief for Bali's provincial capital Denpasar.
"So far we haven't got any information on what is behind the murder.
"Is it financial or something else? We don't know."
Police said the young couple did not return to their cab after leaving the suitcase and other luggage inside it, so the taxi driver checked the bags and found the body.
A hospital official said Ms von Wiese-Mack had been repeatedly hit on the face and head with a blunt object.
Mr Hariutomo told the news agency AFP that Mack and Schaefer had been questioned separately and CCTV footage had been examined.
He said the footage showed the couple lugging the suitcase containing the victim from their hotel room down to the lobby using the emergency exit staircase, according to AFP.
Police have appointed an Indonesian lawyer to represent the couple, but they have asked for US legal representation.
"She doesn't want to comment on the incident and she declined to give any information," Haposan Sihombing, the lawyer representing Mack, was quoted as saying by Reuters.
"She kept asking to be represented by a lawyer from the United States."