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Pre-trial hearing held for one of two accused in Grace Packer's death

It was only Jacob Sullivan in court Monday, not Sarah Packer.

The day included a pre-trial hearing, a chance for attorneys to introduce things they want in trial. One big thing we learned is Sullivan and Packer won't be tried together.

The Richland Township pair are both accused of beating, raping, torturing, killing and then dismembering the body of Packer's 14-year-old adopted daughter, Grace, back in 2016. The girl's remains were found several months later by hunters in the woods of Luzerne County.

"The case literally is about life and death. It's the matter of life or death for Mr. Sullivan, he's facing the ultimate penalty," said Bucks County D.A. Matt Weintraub.

In court, several nurses from Abington Memorial Hospital who treated Sullivan after a failed suicide attempt, testified.

They said Sullivan admitted to killing Grace. Telling them, "I don't know why they are being so hard on Sarah, I did it."

He added that they killed Grace because they couldn't handle her, needed the money and couldn't take her back.

"Not something we want to hear but it's what the case is about," Weintraub added.

Sullivan and Packer's trials are set for September. No word on when Packer's pre-trial hearing will be.

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