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Teen torture murder DA: Give killers the needle

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

Grace Packer, 14, was killed in July 2016. Her mother is charged with homicide, rape, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse and more than a dozen other offences in connection with Packer's death. (SUPPLIED)

Grace Packer, 14, was killed in July 2016. Her mother is charged with homicide, rape, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse and more than a dozen other offences in connection with Packer's death. (SUPPLIED)

Prosecutors in the sickening dismemberment murder of Grace Packer are keeping the death penalty and a one-way ticket to oblivion on the table for her mom.

Bucks County, Pa. District Attorney Matthew Weintraub filed notice Friday of the aggravating factors against accused killer Sara Packer.

That means the state is likely to ask for a one-way ticket to death row for Packer in the sex torture murder of her 14-year-old daughter.

Sara Packer has pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges relating to the shocking murder. “Our goal has always been to get justice for Grace, and I believe we came one step closer to that today,” Weintraub told reporters. “That being said, I would not be surprised if this [case] had some far-reaching positive consequences in the child protective services.”

Grace Packer vanished last July with nary a whisper of concern.

What has emerged since her body parts were discovered in October is a heartbreaking tale of unadulterated evil.

In January, her 42-year-old mother and live-in boyfriend, Jacob Sullivan, 44, were arrested accused of inflicting unspeakable horrors on Grace.

Sullivan is accused of repeatedly raping the special needs girl before the couple gave her an overdose of drugs. Sullivan faces his formal arraignment March 31.

Grace was left to die a tragic, lonely death in the dingy attic of the Quakertown home she shared with the couple.

Cops say the gruesome twosome had hoped they would find Grace dead and when she wasn’t Sullivan allegedly strangled her.

For months, detectives say, the couple kept Grace’s lifeless body packed in dusty, clay kitty litter.

Finally, they dismembered the girl’s body in a bathtub using a saw and then dumped the body parts in rural Luzerne County. Several months later, two hunters made the macabre discovery.

Sara Packer was a private adoption supervisor who brought Grace into her home.

Her lawyers have told local media that they’re under no illusions – Sara Packer’s life will be on the line when the case goes to trial this fall.

bhunter@postmedia.com