Trial begins for second suspect in Clarke-Straub murders - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Trial begins for second suspect in Clarke-Straub murders

Samuel Williams Samuel Williams

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The trial for the second man charged with the 2011 murders of Johnny Clarke and Lisa Straub began Friday morning.

Samuel Williams, 24, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of Clarke and Straub. He is also charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of burglary.

Cameo Pettaway, 23, is the second man charged in the deaths and started his case earlier this week. Williams' case is different though, as he still could face the death penalty if found guilty.

On Friday, prosecutors and defense attorneys gave their opening statements to the 12 jurors and four alternate jurors.

Prosecuting Attorney Robert Miller said Clarke and Straub "were both brutally tortured and slowly murdered, in a manner that only the coldest of killer could have conjured." Then Miller said that Williams is that killer.

Miller then laid out the events leading up to the discovery of Clarke and Straub's bodies at Straub's parents home in Holland Jan. 31. He described, in grim detail, the condition of the bodies and mentioned that the house was ransacked.

Prosecution told the jury of DNA evidence that connects both Williams and Pettaway to the murder scene.  

"There were two person's DNA found on that one cigarette found at the crime scene: Samuel Williams and Cameo Pettaway," said Miller.

When the defense spoke to the jury, they stressed the importance of the jurors separating themselves emotionally from the gruesome nature of the case, and told them to rather focus on the quality of evidence the prosecution brings to the court. They also said to keep in mind that no other evidence from the crime scene links Williams to the murder.

"The nature of this case does not alter or take away from the burden of proof that the state of Ohio is required to carry throughout this case. And that burden of proof, as the judge will instruct you, is beyond a reasonable doubt," said Defense Attorney Jane Roman.

Once the opening statements ended Friday morning, the jurors were taken on a tour of the crime scene.

Prosecution will begin introducing evidence to the courtroom Monday morning.

Related stories:

Copyright 2012 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Firefighters group provides safety tips for Fourth of July weekend

    Firefighters group provides safety tips for Fourth of July weekend

    Monday, June 25 2018 2:59 PM EDT2018-06-25 18:59:53 GMT
    (Source: AP)(Source: AP)
    (Source: AP)(Source: AP)
    National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about potential summer fire and electrical hazards, and providing tips and recommendations to minimize them. “By knowing where potential fire and electrical hazards exist during the summer months and taking the needed steps to prevent them, people can enjoy activities such as grilling, swimming and celebrating the Fourth of July while keeping their families, guests and homes safe,” said Lorraine Carli, V...More >>
    National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about potential summer fire and electrical hazards, and providing tips and recommendations to minimize them. “By knowing where potential fire and electrical hazards exist during the summer months and taking the needed steps to prevent them, people can enjoy activities such as grilling, swimming and celebrating the Fourth of July while keeping their families, guests and homes safe,” said Lorraine Carli, V...More >>
  • Toledo Roadrunners donate nearly $13,000 to Habitat for Humanity

    Toledo Roadrunners donate nearly $13,000 to Habitat for Humanity

    Monday, June 25 2018 2:44 PM EDT2018-06-25 18:44:20 GMT
    Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity presented nearly $13,000 from the Toledo Roadrunners. (Source: WTOL)Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity presented nearly $13,000 from the Toledo Roadrunners. (Source: WTOL)

    Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity was cut a big check on Monday morning. The Toledo Roadrunners club presented a $13 thousand check to the charity.

    More >>

    Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity was cut a big check on Monday morning. The Toledo Roadrunners club presented a $13 thousand check to the charity.

    More >>
  • Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare' returns

    Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare' returns

    Monday, June 25 2018 2:31 PM EDT2018-06-25 18:31:15 GMT
    Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" returns with new and old faces. (Source: Premiere TV)Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" returns with new and old faces. (Source: Premiere TV)
    Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" returns with new and old faces. (Source: Premiere TV)Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" returns with new and old faces. (Source: Premiere TV)
    Looking for some nostalgia this summer? Well, look no further than your TV set. Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" comes back from the 90's to give you a fun blast from the past. The show features two teams competing to win prizes by answering trivia questions, completing messy physical stunts and facing the legendary obstacle course, including the human hamster wheel, the classic gigantic mouth, the wringer, the iconic Double Dare nose and more. The original host, Mar...More >>
    Looking for some nostalgia this summer? Well, look no further than your TV set. Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" comes back from the 90's to give you a fun blast from the past. The show features two teams competing to win prizes by answering trivia questions, completing messy physical stunts and facing the legendary obstacle course, including the human hamster wheel, the classic gigantic mouth, the wringer, the iconic Double Dare nose and more. The original host, Mar...More >>
Powered by Frankly