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This photo taken on August 12, 2014 shows the suitcase where the body of a woman was found inside, displayed at a police station in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. A US tourist's battered body has been found in a suitcase at the exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on August 12 stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St. Regis hotel. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 21: Heather Mack, 19, of the United States holds her baby daughter in a cell as she await her verdict hearing on April 21, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. An Indonesian judge has sentenced Heather Mack to 10 years and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in jail after they were found guilty of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US holds her baby inside a holding cell before attending court in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. Mack was jailed for 10 years on April 21 for assisting in the brutal murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 21: Tommy Schaefer, 21, of the United States is escorted from the courtroom after his verdict hearing on April 21, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. An Indonesian judge has sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years and his girlfriend Heather Mack to 10 years in jail after they were found guilty of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US (R) looks on inside the court in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. Mack was jailed for 10 years on April 21 for assisting in the brutal murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Tommy Schaefer of the US sits in the court room as he waits to hear the verdict in his murder trial in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. The 21-year-old Schaefer was jailed for 18 years on April 21 for brutally murdering his pregnant girlfriend's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase outside a luxury hotel last year on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 21: Heather Mack,19, of the United States cries during her verdict hearing on April 21, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. An Indonesian judge has sentenced Heather Mack to 10 years and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in jail after they were found guilty of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Tommy Schaefer of Chicago, Ill., cries during the verdict of his trial in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Schaefer to 18 years in prison and his girlfriend Heather Mack to 10 years for intentionally killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack while vacationing last August. The body was found in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Tommy Schaefer of the US (R) listens to the verdict in his murder trial, inside a court room in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. The 21-year-old Schaefer was jailed for 18 years on April 21 for brutally murdering his pregnant girlfriend's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase outside a luxury hotel last year on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US holds her baby inside a holding cell before attending court in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. Mack was jailed for 10 years on April 21 for assisting in the brutal murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US holds her baby inside a holding cell before attending court in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. Mack was jailed for 10 years on April 21 for assisting in the brutal murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of Chicago, Ill., center, carries her baby daughter as she arrives at the Denpasar District Court before her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Indonesian prosecutors want jail sentences of 18 years for her boyfriend Tommy Schaefe and 15 years for Mack if they are found guilty of murdering Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose badly beaten body was found in a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi outside an upscale hotel in August 2014 on the resort island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian forensic police officers view evidence related to the death of an American woman at a police station in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, was found Tuesday stuffed inside a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of an upscale hotel in Bali's Nusa Dua area. Police have arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
This photo taken on August 12, 2014 shows foreign tourists walking past the St. Regis hotel in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. A US tourist's battered body has been found in a suitcase at the exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on August 12 stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St. Regis hotel. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US waits for her trial at a court in Denpasar on Bali island on April 14, 2015. Indonesian prosecutors recommended Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, spend 15 and 18 years respectively behind bars for the 'sadistic' murder of the woman's mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - MARCH 31: Heather Mack,19, of the US holds her baby in a cell before her sentence demand trial on March 31, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian prosecutors asked a court to sentence Heather Mack to 15 years and Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in jail. Tommy Schaefer and his girlfriend Heather Mack are accused of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Heather Mack (2nd L), accused of the premeditated murder of her mother, and her co-accused and boyfriend Tommy Schaefer (R) of the US walk to a prison van in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on February 18, 2015. The pregnant American teenager on trial in Indonesia for the murder of her mother, whose battered body was found stuffed in a suitcase, said on February 5 she is 'petrified' and insists on her innocence. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of Chicago, Ill., sits in a cell before her first hearing trial in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer are accused of murdering Sheila von Wiese-Mack, her mother, who was found stuffed inside a suitcase last August. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: Tommy Schaefer of the US listens to his translator during his first hearing trial in a courtroom on January 14, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Tommy Schaefer and his girlfriend Heather Mack are accused of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Heather Mack (C-up) with Tommy Schaefer (C-bottom) of the US get into a prisoner car at Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on January 28, 2015. Schaefer and his teenage girlfriend are on trial on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, charged with murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase outside an exclusive hotel in August 2014. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Tommy Schaefer of the US, accused of murder, waits inside a holding cell at a court in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on January 21, 2015. Schaefer and his teenage girlfriend are on trial on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, charged with murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase outside an exclusive hotel in August, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: American suspect Heather Mack waits in a cell before the first hearing of her trial on January 14, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Heather Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer are accused of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US, on trial for being involved in her mother's murder, waits inside a holding cell at a court in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on January 21, 2015. Mack and her boyfriend are on trial on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, charged with the premeditated murder of Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, whose body was found in a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in August, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack (L) of the US speaks with her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer (R) inside a holding cell at the procecutor's office in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on December 8, 2014. An American woman and her boyfriend accused of murdering the woman's mother at a luxury Bali hotel and stuffing her body into a suitcase will stand trial in January, an Indonesian prosecutor said on December 8. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack (L) of the US kisses her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer (R) inside a holding cell at the procecutor's office in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on December 8, 2014. An American woman and her boyfriend accused of murdering the woman's mother at a luxury Bali hotel and stuffing her body into a suitcase will stand trial in January, an Indonesian prosecutor said on December 8. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian police officers escort Tommy Schaefer, center, covering his face, to a hospital for medical check Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The body of the 62-year-old American woman Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter Heather Mack and her daughter's boyfriend Schaefer in relation to the death, police said. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Heather Mack, covering her face, is led to a hospital for a medical check by Indonesian police officers in relation to the death of her mother Sheila von Wiese-Mack in Bali, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The body of the 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Heather Mack, covering her face, is led to a hospital for a medical check by Indonesian police officers in relation to the death of her mother Sheila von Wiese-Mack in Bali, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The body of the 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Police escort suspect Tommy Schaffer (C), suspected in the murder of Sheila von Wiese Mack, while in custody at Bali police hospital in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 15, 2014. Sheila von Wiese Mack's daughter, Heather Mack and her boyfriend Schaffer were arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, after her mother was found in a suitcase at an exclusive Bali hotel the day before on August 12. The 62-year-old victim, who had been staying at the hotel with her 19-year-old daughter, was half naked, had several wounds to her head, and appeared to have put up a struggle, a doctor who examined the body said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
A policeman (L) escorts Heather Mack (R), suspected in the murder of her mother Sheila von Wiese Mack, while in custody at a police station in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 14, 2014. Heather Mack and her boyfriend were arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, after her mother was found in a suitcase at an exclusive Bali hotel the day before. The 62-year-old victim, who had been staying at the hotel with her 19-year-old daughter, was half naked, had several wounds to her head, and appeared to have put up a struggle, a doctor who examined the body said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack, suspected in the murder of her mother Sheila von Wiese Mack, gestures while in custody at a police station in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 14, 2014. Heather Mack and her boyfriend were arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, after her mother was found in a suitcase at an exclusive Bali hotel the day before. The 62-year-old victim, who had been staying at the hotel with her 19-year-old daughter, was half naked, had several wounds to her head, and appeared to have put up a struggle, a doctor who examined the body said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack, stands at the police district headquarters after she was brought in for questioning in relation to the death of her mother, in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, a 62-year-old American woman, was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said. The suitcase containing Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort in the island's upscale Nusa Dua area, said Col. Djoko Hari Utomo, the police chief in Bali's capital, Denpasar. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
An Indonesian police officer escorts Tommy Schaefer, left, as he is brought to the police station for questioning in relation to the death of his girlfriend's mother, in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Police arrested Schaefer and Heather Mack, the victim's daughter in relation to the death. Sheila von Wiese Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of an upscale hotel in Bali's Nusa Dua area. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
An Indonesian police officer escorts Tommy Schaefer, left, as he is brought to the police station for questioning in relation to the death of his girlfriend's mother, in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Police arrested Schaefer and Heather Mack, the victim's daughter in relation to the death. Sheila von Wiese Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of an upscale hotel in Bali's Nusa Dua area. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
A police officer escorts suspect Lois Heather, 19, (L) during an investigation at a police office in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 13, 2014, after an American tourist's battered body was found in a suitcase at an exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter, Heather, and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on August 12 stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St. Regis hotel in the upscale Nusa Dua resort area of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer escorts suspect Lois Heather, 19, (C) during an investigation at a police office in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 13, 2014, after an American tourist's battered body was found in a suitcase at an exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter, Heather, and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on August 12 stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St. Regis hotel in the upscale Nusa Dua resort area of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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BALI, Indonesia (AP) - Police investigating an American couple suspected of killing the woman's mother at a resort hotel on Indonesia's Bali island said Thursday the three had a disagreement over who was paying for the rooms, but that a motive for the crime has not been established.

Heather Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, have been declared suspects in the killing of Mack's 62-year-old mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was stuffed into a suitcase.

Naming someone a suspect is a formal step under Indonesian criminal law meaning police are preparing to bring charges. Officials said they could include premeditated murder, which carries a maximum sentence of death.

Bali police chief Maj. Gen. Benny Mokalu said officers had interviewed 19 witnesses, some of whom cited a disagreement between the three over who should pay for the rooms.

Mokalu said a motive for the killing has not been established.

An Indonesian lawyer appointed to the couple, Haposan Sihombing, said Wednesday the suspects were being held under a suicide watch and were still refusing to talk to investigators. Their American attorney, Michael Elkin, said that Mack, 19, is two months pregnant and complained about her treatment in custody.

Von Wiese-Mack's body was found last week inside a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi in front of an upscale Bali hotel. The couple was arrested the next day at a hotel about 10 kilometers (six miles) away.

The couple told police that von Wiese-Mack was killed by robbers, while they managed to escape. Security camera video showed that the victim earlier had an argument with Schaefer in the first hotel's lobby.

According to police records in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, officers were called 86 times in 10 years to the house where von Wiese-Mack and her daughter once lived. The records, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, indicated that von Wiese-Mack was repeatedly and violently abused by the daughter.

Von Wiese-Mack was the widow of highly regarded jazz and classical composer James L. Mack, who died in 2006 at age 76.

On Wednesday, the Sun-Times reported that von Wiese-Mack collected more than $800,000 through a 2011 legal settlement, part of which was originally designated for Mack.

Court records showed that von Wiese-Mack and her late husband received the settlement in a lawsuit between the couple and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. A half million dollars of the money went to her husband's estate and was designated for their daughter through an earlier will. But in 2011, a judge allowed von Weise-Mack to pay herself the $500,000 as the estate's "sole beneficiary."

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