ASHLAND, Ohio– An Ashland County grand jury indicted suspected serial killer Shawn Grate on 23 counts.
Grate, 40, was already charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping. He pleaded not guilty to all charges in court on Monday.
Thursday’s indictment includes two counts of aggravated murder, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of rape and three counts of burglary. These charges are related to the deaths of Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffin, and the woman who was held captive and assault.
“These are some of the most horrific crimes I’ve seen in my fifteen years as a criminal prosecutor,” Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “Given these depraved actions and the gruesome evidence, I will be strongly recommending the death penalty if a jury finds this defendant guilty.”
Grate faces a maximum prison sentence of 166 years. His video arraignment is schedule for Sept. 29.
A woman called police from a house on Covert Court in Ashland on Sept. 13. Officers rescued the victim and arrested Grate. They also found the bodies of Stanley and Griffith.
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