MARION, Ohio (WCMH) — Convicted serial killer Shawn Grate was in court this morning, and faces new murder charges in connection with a woman who investigators said he confessed to killing.
Grate pleaded not guilty to for four new charges and prosecutor Ray Grogan, was not surprised. Grogan said he wants justice.
“The reason we’re going through this is because each victim deserves justice, Dana deserves justice,” said Grogan.
Grate faces four new charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.
23-year-old Dana Nicole Lowery’s body was found in a Marion field in 2007, but she was identified just a week ago. Grogan said it is believed that Grate murdered Lowery in May of 2006, then burned her body and several of her belongings.
Investigators said Grate provided them with information that led to Lowery’s identification in 2016.
Grogan said he spoke with the Lowery’s family and added it has been a long journey for them to get to this point.
“Their worlds were completely turned upside-down,” said Grogan.
Grate currently sits on death row for his other murders.
Grogan said he does not believe this is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
NBC4 did speak to Grate’s defense attorney, Terry Hitchman, who said entering the not guilty plea is part of the plan.
He will review the evidence to see if he wants to strike a deal or have this case go to court.
Grate’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 30th.