Accused Ashland serial killer pleads not guilty by insanity

Attorneys representing Shawn Grate filed a motion in the Ashland County Court of Common Pleas Tuesday

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 COUNTY (WCMH) — An accused serial killer has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Attorneys representing Shawn Grate filed a motion in the Ashland County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday.

Grate was arrested after police said they recovered the bodies of two women from an abandoned house in September. Investigators say he confessed to killing five women.

A competency hearing is scheduled for next month. His murder trial is set to begin in November.

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