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.
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.