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Richland Co. police identify Shawn Grate victim

Shawn Grate (Source: Ashland PD) Shawn Grate (Source: Ashland PD)
Candice Cunningham (Source: Family) Candice Cunningham (Source: Family)
RICHLAND COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

The Richland County Sheriff announced Tuesday that they have positively identified another woman believed to have been killed by suspected serial killer Shawn Grate. The Sheriff held a press conference Tuesday morning discussing the identification.

The body found behind a vacant home at 1027 Park Ave. East in Mansfield on Sept. 13 is Candice Cunningham, Grate's ex-girlfriend, they say. Her body was identified through DNA. 

Grate is suspected of killing five women. Two bodies were found in his home after a woman who he allegedly abducted managed to call the police. That same day, Grate led police to Cunningham's body.

Police say Grate also confessed to strangling Rebekah Leicy, whose body was found in March of 2015, and to killing an unidentified woman in 2005 or 2006

Grate's trial is scheduled to begin in Nov. of 2017. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

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