Prosecutors Drop Bid for 1 Trial for 2 Charged in Grace Packer's Death - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Prosecutors Drop Bid for 1 Trial for 2 Charged in Grace Packer's Death

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    Prosecutors Seek Death in Grace Packer Murder Trial

    Bucks County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan, both accused in the murder of Grace Packer. The trial is set for March of 2018.

    (Published Friday, March 31, 2017)

    Prosecutors have withdrawn a request to try a man and woman together in the rape and killing of her 14-year-old adopted daughter in the Philadelphia suburbs.

    An attorney for 43-year-old Sara Packer says prosecutors' decision Monday means that, absent a guilty plea, there will be two homicide trials in the death of Grace Packer.

    The judge will rule later on a defense request to bar prosecutors from using statements by 44-year-old co-defendant Jacob Sullivan.

    Bucks County prosecutors allege Packer watched Sullivan act out a rape-murder fantasy in July 2016. They say the couple stored the girl's body in cat litter for months, then dumped it in a remote area where hunters found it.

    Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty against Sullivan and possibly Packer as well.