ASHLAND, Ohio — A 2018 trial date has been set for an Ohio man charged with abducting and killing two women.

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

Police arrested Grate in September 2016 after finding the women’s bodies in an Ashland home where another woman said she was held captive.

Investigators say Grate admitted killing at least two other women elsewhere.

The Ashland Times-Gazette reports ( ) a judge has set an April 9, 2018, trial date for Grate.

Grate’s attorneys aren’t permitted to comment because of a judge’s gag order.

Information from: Ashland Times-Gazette,

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