DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – A Pennsylvania man charged with raping, killing and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Forty-four-year-old Jacob Sullivan's decision Wednesday means he must now either stand trial or work out a plea in the killing of Grace Packer.
Sara Packer, who adopted the girl, waived her right to a hearing on the charges Feb. 3 and also remains jailed awaiting trial.
Prosecutors contend they dismembered the teen in July after Sara Packer watched Sullivan act out a rape-murder fantasy the couple shared.
Sara Packer is also charged with collecting more than $4,000 in government benefits for the girl for the months after Grace was killed but before her remains were found in Luzerne County.