Suspect in slayings of 4 women in Ohio set for trial in 2017

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

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — The trial of a man linked to the killings of at least four women in Ohio has been scheduled for next year.

A judge in Ashland County Common Pleas Court on Monday set the date of Shawn Grate’s trial for Nov. 6, 2017. The final pretrial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 29.

Grate is charged in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in a house that was thought to be vacant in Ashland.

Police arrested him in September after another woman called 911 and said she was being held inside that same house.

Authorities say Grate also has confessed to killing two other women. He hasn’t been charged in those deaths.

His attorneys haven’t returned phone calls seeking comment.

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