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Mom's boyfriend waives hearing in teen death, dismemberment

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 23, 2017 11:47 AM
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FILE PHOTO: In this photo provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Jacob Sullivan. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP)

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

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

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

Prosecutors contend they dismembered the teen 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.

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