Prosecutors have withdrawn a request to try a man and woman together in the rape and killing of her 14-year-old adopted daughter in the Philadelphia suburbs.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