Accused Ashland serial killer Shawn Grate pleads guilty to several charges

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ASHLAND, Ohio -- Testimony in the trial of accused Ashland serial killer Shawn Grate is finished. Jurors are due back in court Monday for closing arguments and will then begin deliberations.

Grate, who is accused of killing two women, pleaded guilty to several charges that will put him behind bars for decades.

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

According to court documents, Shawn Grate pleaded guilty Wednesday to 15-of-23 charges against him including rape and abuse of a corpse.

He did not plead guilty to the murder charges, so he could still face the death penalty if convicted.

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.

Other charges include aggravated murder, robbery and kidnapping.
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