Self-admitted Ashland serial killer withdraws plea

Self-admitted Ashland serial killer withdraws plea

ASHLAND, OH (WOIO) - The man accused of killing two women in Northeast Ohio, but could be responsible for five, is withdrawing his plea.

Shawn Grate filed a motion in Ashland County Common Pleas Court to withdraw his not guilty by reason of insanity plea. Grate has also waived his right to a speedy trial.

Court records do not show what Grate's new plea is as of Monday afternoon. We've reached out to Ashland County Clerk of Courts office to see if one has been filed.

Grate is accused of and heading to trial for the murders of two women in Ashland County. The bodies of Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffin were located inside a vacate home in September 2016 when a third woman called police after he abducted her.

The woman led police right to the house she was being held, inside, police found the other women's bodies.

Grate self-admitted to the murders of three other Ohio women as well - including two in Richland County and another Marion County.

He has not been charged in those cases.

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