By Jane Ernsberger
Times-Junction News Editor
Bond has been set at $1 million for Shawn Michael Grate in Ashland County Common Pleas Court. Grate is charged with the murders of Stacey Stanley of Greenwich and Elizabeth Griffith of Ashland.
At a hearing on Sept. 15 in Ashland County Common Pleas Court, Mansfield attorney Rolf Whitney was court appointed to represent Grate, who was present for his hearing via Skype.
Grate has also been charged in Ashland County Common Pleas Court with a first degree felony count of kidnapping after a woman called 9-1-1 telling Ashland Police she was being held against her will. Ashland Police Chief David Marcelli said the bodies of Stanley and Griffith were found when police rescued the woman.
According to Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell, Grate faces from 15 years to life on each murder count. A conviction on the kidnapping charge carries a possible prison term of from three to 15 years in prison.
While detectives were talking with Grate, they said they received information concerning an alleged homicide of a woman on Richland County. According to Richland County Prosecutor Bambi Couch Page, a search of a wooded area at 1027 Park Avenue East, Mansfield led to the discovery of a body which has not been identified and no charges have been filed.
Grate remains incarcerated in the Ashland County Jail.