Week 2 of the Shawn Grate capital murder trial began with testimony from the officer who took Grate's confession.
Ashland Police detective Kim Mager took the stand and testified about more than half a dozen interviews she conducted with Grate following his arrest on Sept. 13, 2016. During the interviews Grate added more details about his alleged crimes.
He said he stole Liz Griffith's key after killing her, went inside her apartment and took shampoo and paper towels. He told Mager he tossed the key in an alleyway. Grate drew a map for Mager during questioning that led police back to the key.
Mager said Grate also drew a second map, explaining that he threw Griffith's phone in a creek, but police were never able to find it.
Police found fake red roses and glass tubes in the same Covert Court home where the women were murdered. Similar items were found in Stacey Hicks' car.
During Mager's testimony, she told the jury about a religious daily reader that Grate said he left in the house. He told officers where to find it. Inside the book, Grate had written down the dates of the murders — August 17th for Griffith and September 9th for Hicks.
Several other Ashland police officers also testified Monday. The trial will resume with Day 7 on Tuesday.
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