An emotional Grate delivered a short statement apologizing for his actions.
"I'm sorry. I can change nothing. Believe me, I would. Not for me but for you guys. Thank you."
He also said, "I can't say I am normal. I know right from wrong. Mainly, if I caused any hate or bitterness in all of any of you. I need to work on that. I ask you to maybe forgive me. Find it in your heart. I know not today, but someday. And just move on from this life and may the justice be served today."
The son of Stacey Hicks, the woman who was found dead, naked and tied up in the basement of Grate's home, made a victim impact statement.
"I'm not going to lie about it. I can't forgive you. You took my mom, my daughter's grandmother," her son said.
He added, "You live with the punishment but you don’t live with the hurt… I’ll probably never forgive you... You killed the wrong woman. That was a great woman you killed. Standing up here looking at you is hard enough to do.”
Stacey's brother, Scott Adams, directly addressed Grate in an emotional statement.
"You’re a monster, dude. You’re a monster. There’s so much anger built up inside of me for you… A monster is what you are. You deserve much more than you’ll get," Adams said.
The mother of Liz Griffith said "You robbed me. You robbed me big time... you deserve the death penalty."