Shawn Grate, charged with killing two women, withdraws insanity plea

ASHLAND, Ohio - The attorneys for an Ohio man charged with abducting and killing two women say he is dropping his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Shawn Grate, 40, refused to leave his cell Friday and appear on video for a hearing in Ashland County Common Pleas Court.

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Grate pleaded not guilty in October. He awaits trial on charges that include aggravated murder and kidnapping in the deaths of 29-year-old Elizabeth Griffith and 43-year-old Stacey Stanley. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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The women's bodies were found last September inside a supposedly unoccupied home in Ashland after a third woman called 911 from a bedroom and said Grate was holding her hostage.

Grate's attorneys aren't permitted to comment because of a judge's gag order.

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