Grate Pleads Guilty To Some, But Not All, Charges Against Him

May 3, 2018

Shawn Grate

The Ashland County man on trial in the slayings of two women has pleaded guilty to 15 counts including rape and abuse of a corpse, but not  not aggravated murder and kidnapping. 

The trial of 41-year-old Shawn Grate continues on potential death penalty charges in the 2016 strangulation deaths of 29-year-old Elizabeth Griffith and 43-year-old Stacey Stanley.  Grate also faces a kidnapping charge for abducting a third woman. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Monday.  Grate is also suspected of but not charged with killing two women in Marion and Richland Counties.