DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania jury will decide on life or death for a Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty in the 2016 rape, murder and dismemberment of his girlfriend’s teenage daughter.
Forty-six-year-old Jacob Sullivan pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer. The penalty phase of his trial opens Friday outside Philadelphia. A jury will hear testimony about Sullivan’s crimes before deciding on a sentence of either life in prison or death.
Prosecutors have said that Grace’s adoptive mother, Sara Packer, watched Sullivan act out a rape-murder fantasy they shared. Sara Packer has agreed to plead guilty in the case in exchange for a life sentence.
Sullivan was Sara Packer’s boyfriend. His attorneys plan to argue that she masterminded the plot.