Accused serial killer pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

Shawn Grate, via Ashland County Sheriff's Office

ASHLAND COUNTY (WCMH) — An accused serial killer as pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Attorneys representing Shawn Grate filed a motion in the Ashland County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday.

Grate was arrested after police said they recovered the bodies of two women from an abandoned house in September. Investigators say he confessed to killing five women.

A competency hearing is scheduled for next month. His murder trial is set to begin in November. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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