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Clarke-Straub murder trials continue Wednesday

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The separate trials for two men accused of killing a Springfield Township couple in 2011 continued Wednesday.

Cameo Pettaway and Samuel Williams are accused of killing Johnny Clarke and Lisa Straub in Straub's parents' house in Springfield Township.

In both cases, more physical evidence and records are being presented.

In Williams' trial Wednesday, investigators discussed DNA found at the scene, but stopped short of linking it to Williams or Pettaway. Detectives, DNA experts and the county coroner spoke in the case, however, no new evidence was introduced.

Forensic expert Stacy Violi discussed DNA pulled from the bags that were put over the couple's heads, black tape used to tie the bags and bind their wrists, and the clothing they were wearing. Violi said a positive match was made between some of the samples and John P. Clarke, Johnny's father. She also said she found DNA from one unknown female and at least one other person. Violi did explain to the jury that not all DNA samples could be attributed to a suspect.

During Pettaway's trial Tuesday, Clarke's father testified about finding the bodies. He recalled the evening saying, "the kids were tortured to death." He also admitted he tried CPR on the bodies before police arrived, possibly compromising the crime scene.

Many of the couple's friends testified about their habits, explaining that Clarke started to use drugs and owed people money.

Monday in court, Straub's parents took the stand against Pettaway and Williams. Prosecutors focused on a cigarette butt found near the bodies, since smoking was not allowed inside the home. They also said it had both Williams and Pettaway's DNA on it.

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