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Ohio man charged in slayings, kidnapping pleads not guilty

This photo provided by Ashland County Sheriff Office shows Shawn M. Grate.   Grate, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio in connection to the investigation of a rescued abductee and the discovery of the remains of two people in the home where he was arrested. (Ashland County Sheriff Office /The Times Gazette via AP)

This photo provided by Ashland County Sheriff Office shows Shawn M. Grate. Grate, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio in connection to the investigation of a rescued abductee and the discovery of the remains of two people in the home where he was arrested. (Ashland County Sheriff Office /The Times Gazette via AP)  (The Associated Press)

An Ohio man charged with murder in the slayings of two women and with kidnapping in the abduction of a third woman has pleaded not guilty.

Forty-year-old Shawn Grate appeared in a video bond hearing Monday where his attorney entered the not-guilty pleas for him.

Grate was arrested Sept. 13 after a woman called 911 and said she was being held inside an Ashland home. Police arrived, arrested Grate and found the remains of 43-year-old Stacey Stanley and 29-year-old Elizabeth Griffith. Grate is charged with two counts of murder s. A court document accuses Grate of kidnapping a third woman "to engage in sexual activity."

Authorities say Grate later led them to a third body in Richland County. That woman hasn't been identified.

Police haven't said how the women died.