Ashland wants to demolish home where two bodies were found

The City of Ashland applied for funds to demolish the home where two women were found murdered and a man was arrested on charges he killed them. (WSYX/WTTE file photo)

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio city wants to demolish a house where two women's bodies were found and an alleged serial killer was arrested.

The (Ashland) Times-Gazette reports officials in Ashland recently applied for federal grant money to raze the home deemed uninhabitable because of the slayings.

Forty-year-old Shawn Grate pleaded not guilty in October to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges in the deaths of 29-year-old Elizabeth Griffith and 43-year-old Stacey Stanley. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

A trial has been scheduled for November in Ashland County.

The women's bodies were found last September inside a supposedly unoccupied home after a third woman called 911 from a bedroom and said Grate was holding her hostage. Grate has told police he killed two other women elsewhere.

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