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Killer 'shot his newly-married stepdaughter so he could video himself having sex with her dead body - then buried her behind his shed'

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  • Gregory Graf recorded himself sexually abusing the body of Jessica Padgett, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said on Friday
  • Graf is being held without bail on a homicide charge and confessed to killing Padgett, a recently married mother of three
  • Graf also allegedly had a marijuana-growing space at his house that was discovered by police as they searched for Padgett

Necrophilia motivated a man to fatally shoot his stepdaughter last month, according to a Pennsylvania prosecutor.

Gregory Graf recorded himself sexually abusing the body of Jessica Padgett, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said on Friday. The video was discovered a day earlier on Graf's computer, the prosecutor said.

Padgett, 33, was last seen alive on Nov. 21, when she left work at a day care center. Graf was arrested five days later after police found her body buried behind a shed on the property where he lives with Padgett's mother.

Alleged necrophiliac: Gregory Graf recorded himself sexually abusing the body of Jessica Padgett, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said on Friday

Alleged necrophiliac: Gregory Graf recorded himself sexually abusing the body of Jessica Padgett, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said on Friday

Graf, 53, is being held without bail on a homicide charge. The fencing company owner confessed to killing Padgett, a recently married mother of three, according to Morganelli.

The victim's family said in a statement last month that Padgett 'was a beautiful, vibrant young woman who was beloved by her family and friends. The world shines less bright today.'

Graf applied for a public defender, saying in court Friday that he didn't want to burden his family financially. A judge turned him down, ruling he had enough money to pay for his own defense.

'Like I said, I just don't want to take away the funds from the family,' said Graf, the owner of a fencing company.

'You're not going to be able to escape paying for the resources of an attorney,' Judge Stephen Baratta told Graf

'I just can't allow that.'

Morganelli said Graf will be charged with abuse of a corpse.

Discovered: Graf was arrested five days later after police found Padgett's buried behind a shed on the property where he lives with Padgett's mother

Discovered: Graf was arrested five days later after police found Padgett's buried behind a shed on the property where he lives with Padgett's mother

Hunter: Gregory Graf's Facebook is filled with photos of him along with animals he's hunted 

Hunter: Gregory Graf's Facebook is filled with photos of him along with animals he's hunted 

Arrested: Graf was arrested five days later after police found his stepdaughter's body buried behind a shed on the property where he lives with Padgett's mother

Arrested: Graf was arrested five days later after police found his stepdaughter's body buried behind a shed on the property where he lives with Padgett's mother

Killed: Padgett,  a 33-year-old mother of three, was last seen alive on November 21, when she left work at a day care center and her dead body was found in a shed five days later 

Killed: Padgett,  a 33-year-old mother of three, was last seen alive on November 21, when she left work at a day care center and her dead body was found in a shed five days later 

'He videotaped it,' Morganelli told Philly.com.

'So there's a videotape of him abusing the corpse sexually.'

Morganelli said he believes that Graf took his stepdaughter's like in order to abuse her as a corpse.

'I believe it was a direct motive, in my opinion,' Morganelli said, 'and that's what we're going to be arguing.'

Because the alleged abuse occurred after Padgett was killed Morganelli will not be able to seek the death penalty.

Philly.com reports that under Pennsylvania law Rape and murder allow prosecutors to purse capital charges but sexual desecration of a corpse does not.

Padgett went missing that day after she left Duck Duck Goose Child Care in Northampton and she never returned to her job there.

Police say that the shooting happened around 10 minutes after she was last seen, though her body wasn't recovered until five days later.

Morganelli has said Graf also had a marijuana-growing space at his house that was discovered by police as they searched for Padgett.

Police seized 13 bags of marijuana and also confiscated $42,000 in cash and envelopes containing marijuana seeds from in a safe in the basement of Graf's home. \

Graf's Facebook account indicates he has a love of hunting animals and has killed quite a few. 

Loved:  The victim's family said in a statement last month that Padgett 'was a beautiful, vibrant young woman who was beloved by her family and friends. The world shines less bright today'

Loved:  The victim's family said in a statement last month that Padgett 'was a beautiful, vibrant young woman who was beloved by her family and friends. The world shines less bright today'

Family: Jessica Padgett was married and had three children and also worked with children at a childcare center 

Family: Jessica Padgett was married and had three children and also worked with children at a childcare center 

Confessed: Gregory Graf confessed to killing Padgett and said he did it because he wanted to have sex with her and that he did so after she was dead 

Confessed: Gregory Graf confessed to killing Padgett and said he did it because he wanted to have sex with her and that he did so after she was dead 

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Comment by Alexander Francois on December 26, 2014 at 9:19pm
This Man is very sick.... I would burn his penis....
Comment by Keeta Lee on December 10, 2014 at 2:15am

This is evil at its worst. OMG he kills his wife's daughter and left three children motherless WTH so he could get off!   He would have been better off going to kill a dog and stick it than doing this to his wife and her grandchildren and newly married husband..Then wants the public to pay for his horrible deed by requesting a court appointed attorney, All of sudden he's concern about his family finances, wow. Just go's to show $$$ can't buy sanity because this was an evil and insane act period...their race is irrelevant.

Satan is at battle and people need to realize that he is the author of confusion. chaos and mayhem. Don't get it twisted this isn't a black or white thing but an evil act and dark act. We are at spiritual war and the HUMAN RACE is losing terribly because we have gotten so far away from the word of God and his principles allowing darkness to fill our though's and desires.

Comment by vaughn mitchell on December 9, 2014 at 12:27am

But yet white people want to comment on black on black crime, when they murder he each other in the most vile ways. Just sic. I wonder what is the percent of white on white crime compare to black on black crime?

Comment by W P on December 8, 2014 at 10:20am

Yup, I am confused. Why murder alone cannot carry a death sentence?

Comment by Cee Gee on December 8, 2014 at 10:01am

What a sick man.....

Comment by roberto pyne on December 8, 2014 at 4:22am
Can I see the video please
Comment by Mrs Dee on December 8, 2014 at 1:03am

This is confusing. He murdered her. Pennsylvania law allows pursuit of the death penalty in cases of rape and murder....am I missing something here?

The desecration of her body was a secondary act to the first act of murder, of which he confessed to!

WHY aren't they pursuing the death penalty? There is no barrier... except for color of skin?????

Comment by Nita on December 7, 2014 at 7:45pm
He carried out his assignment, just like his people did
Comment by Nita on December 7, 2014 at 7:43pm
Oh well
Comment by Elsa Thompson on December 7, 2014 at 7:42pm

What is this world commng to??

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