Shawn Grate Ruled Competent To Stand Trial

  • 1/6/2017 1:30:24 PM
  • Greg Heindel
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH-Accused serial killer Shawn Grate appeared in Ashland County Common Pleas Court Friday for a hearing on whether he's competent to stand trial.

The 40-year-old has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to a twenty-three count indictment accusing him of murdering 43-year-old Stacey Stanley and 29-year-old Elizabeth Griffith.

Their bodies were found September thirteenth in an abandoned house in Ashland.

Autopsies determined they had been strangled.

Grate was found competent following a psychiatric examination.

Grate is also charged with kidnapping and raping a third woman found in the house after she called police to say she had been abducted.

Grate faces the death penalty if convicted.

His trial is set for November sixth.  

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