Ashland suspect admits killing magazine saleswoman, linked to 5th victim

Shawn Grate said he killed a woman in 2005 who was selling magazines.

Shawn Grate is charged with abducting a woman in Ashland after police rescued her and found three bodies.
This photo provided by Ashland County Sheriff Office shows Shawn M. Grate. Grate, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio in connection to the investigation of a rescued abductee and the discovery of the remains of two people in the home where he was arrested. (Ashland County Sheriff Office /The Times Gazette via AP)


ASHLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The man charged in the death of two women whose bodies were found inside an abandoned house in Ashland on Sept. 13 has now admitted to another killing that happened 11 years ago.

Shawn Grate said he killed a woman in 2005 who was selling magazines. The Marion County Sheriff said the body of the unidentified woman was found in 2007 near Marion, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Ashland.

Grate also led police to the body of another woman in a wooded area in Mansfield. He has not been charged yet in that death.

Ashland Police Department and Ohio BCI execute a search warrant on a home on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio. Authorities say a woman reported being held captive, leading to the arrest of a kidnapping suspect, a murder confession and the discovery of three bodies. Two bodies were found Tuesday at a home in Ashland. The third was found in nearby Madison Township. (Tom E. Puskar/The Times Gazette via AP)
Ashland Police Department and Ohio BCI execute a search warrant on a home on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio. Authorities say a woman reported being held captive, leading to the arrest of a kidnapping suspect, a murder confession and the discovery of three bodies. Two bodies were found Tuesday at a home in Ashland. The third was found in nearby Madison Township. (Tom E. Puskar/The Times Gazette via AP)

A woman who says she was being held captive by Grate inside the abandoned house in Ashland was able to escape and call 911 on Grate’s cell phone.

When police arrived, they discovered two bodies in the house. The manner of death has not been released.

Grate appeared in Ashland County Common Pleas court on Monday where he pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping charges. He is due back in  court Sept. 29.

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