Attorney: Rape, murder defendant to implicate child’s mother

February 6, 2019 GMT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys for a man charged in the rape and killing of a 14-year-old girl say they will argue that the child’s adoptive mother masterminded the Pennsylvania slaying.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that senior public defender Jack Fagan told a Bucks County judge on Wednesday that 46-year-old Sara Packer’s relationship with murdered teen Grace Packer was “contentious at best.”


Prosecutors have alleged that the child’s mother watched 44-year-old Jacob Sullivan act out a rape-murder fantasy that killed the girl in July 2016. They allege that 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. Sullivan is contesting an earlier confession.


Information from: The Morning Call,