Boyfriend in Bali Murder Case 'Did Not Confess,' Says Lawyer

Boyfriend in Bali Murder Case 'Did Not Confess': Lawyer
Tommy Schaefer
Firdia Lisnawati/AP; Courtesy Tommyexx

09/25/2014 AT 08:15 AM EDT

The attorney for the man who Bali police claim confessed to the murder of Chicago socialite Sheila von Wiese-Mack – whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase at an upscale resort on the island – insists his client never told authorities he participated in the killing.

"He did not confess," Chicago-based lawyer Tom Durkin said about his client, Tommy Schaefer, in an email to PEOPLE.

Schaefer and von Wiese-Mack's pregnant daughter Heather, 18, have been held in Bali since Aug. 12, after the suitcase containing von Wiese-Mack's body was discovered in the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort.

On Sept. 19, Bali police chief Col. Djoko Heru Utomo told the AP that Schaefer admitted to "killing von Wiese-Mack during police interrogation," insisting that the 21-year-old Chicago resident "was hurt and offended by the victim's words in an argument with him."

Durkin, who began representing Schaefer several weeks ago and has had several phone conversations with his client, has yet to travel to Bali to visit him.

Earlier this week, however, Vanessa Favia, the attorney hired to represent Mack's unborn child, just returned from Bali. While there, she accompanied her client to a prison hospital where Mack was examined by doctors.

"The ultrasound reveals the baby is well-formed with the spine, head, hands and feet already visible," Favia said in an emailed release to PEOPLE. "The heart rate monitor indicates reassuring tones and she is set to have routine doctor visits going forward throughout her pregnancy."

Mack, according to the AP, also admitted to police that she helped Schaefer stuff her mother's body into the suitcase.

If convicted of the murder, she and Schaefer face possible execution by firing squad.

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