Ashland man charged with murder after two bodies found in home

Shawn Grate, via Ashland County Sheriff's Office
Shawn Grate, via Ashland County Sheriff's Office

ASHLAND, OH (WCMH) – The man arrested after a woman’s report she was being held captive is now charged with two counts of murder.

Shawn M. Grate, 40, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping, according to Ashland County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher R. Tunnell.

Grate is accused of causing the deaths of Stacey Hicks, also known as Stacey Stanley and a second victim who has not been positively identified.

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He is also accused of holding another woman against her will for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity between September 11 and September 13.

Grate is expected to appear in the Ashland County Court of Common Pleas.

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