ASHLAND, Ohio - The Ashland County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday a 23-count indictment filed against the man accused of murdering two women whose bodies were found in a vacant home earlier this month.
The indictment against 40-year-old Shawn Grate includes two aggravated murder charges — both of which are death penalty eligible.
“These are some of the most horrific crimes I’ve seen in my fifteen years as a criminal prosecutor,” said Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell. “Given these depraved actions and the gruesome evidence, I will be strongly recommending the death penalty if a jury finds this defendant guilty.”
Grate was arrested on Sept. 13 after the bodies of Elizabeth Griffith, 29, and Stacey Stanley, 40, were found at a home in Ashland. A third woman — whose identity has not been released and who is listed as Jane Doe in the indictment — was found alive at the home after she used Grate's phone to call police.
Once in police custody,Grate led police to Madison Township where they found a third woman's remains in the woods behind an abandoned house. Investigators said Grate admitted to his role in the killing.