Accused killer Shawn Grate pleads guilty to 15 charges, defense rests without calling witnesses

ASHLAND, Ohio - On the eighth day of trial, accused serial killer Shawn Grate withdrew previous non-guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to a long list of charges on Wednesday morning.

Grate, who will continue standing trial for the strangulation deaths of Liz Griffith and Stacey Hicks, pleaded guilty to 15 charges including rape, burglary, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse and kidnapping with sexual motivation.

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The trial continues on aggravated murder charges. If convicted, the death penalty is still an option. Grate faces a mandatory 50 years in prison for the 15 charges he pleaded guilty to.

Grate's defense team declined to call any witnesses. Closing arguments are scheduled for May 7.

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Grate murder trial Day 3: A disappearance

Grate murder trial Day 2: Grim details revealed

Grate murder trial Day 1: Opening statements

 

 

 

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