Bond set at $1M for man accused of killing 2 women in Ashland

Bond set at $1M for man accused of killing 2 women in Ashland

ASHLAND, OH (WOIO) - Bond has been set at $1 million for a man accused of killing two women in Ashland. Shawn Michael Grate, 40, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping Thursday.

He did not enter a plea. The whole arraignment only took a few minutes and was done by video, with the defendant appearing from jail.

Grate had nothing to say aside from a couple quick answers to basic questions ensuring he understood the charges and would need a public defender.

911 call for help 

Grate was arrested Tuesday in Ashland and charged with kidnapping.

It was that day a woman called police and said Grate abducted her. She was able to call 911 while he was sleeping.

While processing the Ashland scene, police discovered 2 bodies. They have been identified as missing women Elizabeth Griffin and Stacey Stanley.

Police said Grate led them to a third body in a wooded area in neighboring Richland County. So far no charges have been filed in that case.

Grate's next hearing in Ashland is set for Monday morning.

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