Shawn Grate signed drawing

Shawn Grate signed drawing

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Shawn Michael Grate is an American suspected serial killer who is currently awaiting trial in Ashland County, Ohio.

A grand jury has indicted him on two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of two women, Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith, and the kidnapping and multiple sexual assaults of an unidentified woman whose 911 call to Ashland police led to Grate's arrest on September 13, 2016. In court documents, her name has been redacted; she is being referred to as "Jane Doe". In total, Grate was indicted on 23 counts, all first, second, or third-degree felonies; lesser charges include breaking and entering, burglary, and tampering with evidence.[2] He is being represented by court-appointed attorney Rolf Whitney,[3] who entered a plea of not guilty on all charges on behalf of Grate.[4] In a press interview, however, Grate confessed to five murders.[5] His trial date is set for November 6, 2017.[6]

Prosecutor Christopher R. Tunnell said that given the "...depraved actions and the gruesome evidence", he would likely seek the death penalty.

Shawn Grate has not yet been charged in the deaths of his former girlfriend Candice Cunningham, Rebekah Leicy in neighboring Richland County, and an unknown woman who died between 2005 and 2006 who was found in 2007 in Marion County. However, in the second of two letters he sent to Cleveland news station WEWS (News 5 Cleveland) reporter Megan Hickey, Grate attributed his motives to "government assistance", writing that it took his victims' minds. “They were already dead, just their bodies were flopping wherever it can flop but their minds were already dead! The state took their minds. Once they started receiving their monthly checks". Grate claimed he once received a $197 food card and that he, "Never was able to receive any encouragement, though many bodies received 700"

After Grate had given out details of the murders to two different news organizations while in custody, attorneys for the defense and prosecution jointly requested and obtained a gag order preventing Grate from communicating any further with the media.

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