Mom's boyfriend waives hearing in dismembered Abington teen's death

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) -- A Pennsylvania man charged with raping, killing and dismembering his girlfriend's adoptive 14-year-old daughter has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Forty-four-year-old Jacob Sullivan's decision Wednesday canceled Friday's hearing, and means he must now either stand trial or work out a plea in the gruesome killing of Grace Packer.

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Sara Packer, the girl's mother, waived her right to a hearing on the charges Feb. 3 and also remains jailed awaiting trial.

Prosecutors contend they dismembered the girl in July after Sara Packer watched Sullivan act out a rape-murder fantasy the couple shared.

Sara Packer is also charged with collecting more than $4,000 in government benefits for the girl for the months after Grace was killed but before her remains were found in Luzerne County.