What to Know
- For the second straight day, a jury was unable to decide whether a rapist and murderer would receive the death penalty or life in prison.
- Jacob Sullivan pleaded guilty to raping, strangling and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter.
- Jurors have not reached a decision on his sentencing. Talks will resume Thursday.
A jury outside Philadelphia has gone a second day without deciding whether to sentence a man to death for raping, strangling and dismembering his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter.
Jacob Sullivan pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges in the 2016 slaying of Grace Packer. Jurors spent hours in the deliberating room before telling a judge on Wednesday they are deadlocked on the sentence. They were ordered to keep at it.
Talks will resume Thursday.
If the jury can’t come to a unanimous decision, Sullivan will automatically get life without parole.
Grace’s mother, Sara Packer, is due to plead guilty for her role in the gruesome plot. In a plea deal with prosecutors, she’ll be sentenced to life without parole.
Prosecutors say Sullivan acted out a rape-murder fantasy he shared with Sara Packer.