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Jacob Sullivan, man accused of murdering Grace Packer, waives preliminary hearing

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - Jacob Sullivan, the man accused in the rape, murder, and dismemberment of 14-year-old Grace Packer, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s office.

It was scheduled for Friday, February 24th.

That means his case will proceed to trial.

A formal arraignment for him has been scheduled for noon Friday, March 31, at the Justice Center in Doylestown.

Sullivan’s co-defendant, Sara Packer, waived her preliminary hearing earlier in February.

Her formal arraignment is scheduled for noon Friday, March 10.

Both defendants continue to be held without bail at the Bucks County prison.

Grace Packer’s adoptive mother, Sara, and Sullivan, Sara’s boyfriend, were charged in January in what authorities are calling a "rape-murder fantasy."

Investigators said Sullivan confessed to raping and killing Grace in front of Sara Packer in July, and not only was Packer complicit, but prosecutors said she later bought the tools used to dismember Grace's body and hide it in the woods after leaving the body in an attic closet for months.

Grace Packer's dismembered remains were found in a wooded area of Luzerne County back in October.


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