Ashland County murder suspect still raising questions

Alleged serial killer admits to more victims

MANSFIELD - As authorities link more bodies to Shawn Grate, people who knew him are wondering if they came close to becoming a victim.

"Everybody thought he was a nice guy, because everybody talked to Shawn," said Edna Boales.

Boales says 40-year-old Grate came by her apartment building a lot over the past several months. He seemed friendly at first -- and then he started trying to get her to go with him alone.

"My gut said no. Any women have a gut feeling? I don't know about some of these, but I did. I didn't want to go with Shawn," said Boales.

Grate pleaded not guilty to two murder charges Monday morning. The two bodies found in an Ashland house last week were identified as Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith.

Authorities say Grate also confessed to killing a woman at a property in Richland County back in June. Her body was recovered last week, but hasn't yet been officially identified.

And now we've learned from the Marion County Sheriff that Grate allegedly admitted to killing a woman there a decade ago. 

Sheriff Tim Bailey said, "When you start in 2003, 2004 and you're still doing it in 2016, I'm just saying from my experience, there's gotta be something in between."

Mansfield police say they're looking into the death of Rebekah Leicy, whose body was found in Ashland County in March of last year. Her death was not ruled a homicide and the police department hasn't confirmed why they're making this move now.

"My heart just goes out to the family. All, whoever he killed," said Boales.

Grate's bond was set at $1 million.

He's in the Ashland County Jail with his next court appearance scheduled for Sept. 29.


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