Accused serial killer Shawn Grate found guilty of aggravated murder, kidnapping

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ASHLAND, Ohio -- A jury has found accused serial killer Shawn Grate guilty on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and robbery.

Grate already faces decades in prison after pleading guilty to some of his charges. He did not plead guilty to several other charges including  kidnapping and aggravated murder for which he was found guilty on Monday. He could face the death penalty.

The sentencing phase is expected to begin on Friday, May 18.

He is accused  of killing 29-year-old Elizabeth Griffith and 43-year-old Stacey Stanley.

Grate was arrested in September 2016 after police found the women's remains in what was supposed to be a vacant Ashland home, where another woman said she had been held captive.

Once in custody, Grate, 41, told police that he had killed two other women but he has not been charged in those killings. Police also looked into whether he was connected to the 2015 death of a fifth woman.

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