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Man linked to four murders in Ohio scheduled to appear in court

FILE – This file photo provided by the Ashland County Sheriff Office shows Shawn Grate, arrested Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio.

FILE – This file photo provided by the Ashland County Sheriff Office shows Shawn Grate, arrested Sept. 13, 2016, in Ashland, Ohio.  (Ashland County Sheriff Office)

A man connected in the murders of four women in Ohio is due to appear at a pre-trial hearing on Monday in Ashland.

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

He was arrested in September after another woman called police saying she was being held in the same house.

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Officials say Grate has confessed to killing two additional women. Officials have not charged him in those deaths.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.