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Samuel Williams found guilty of Clarke-Straub murders

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Samuel Williams is escorted out of the courtroom after being found guilty of murdering Johnny Clarke and Lisa Straub. Samuel Williams is escorted out of the courtroom after being found guilty of murdering Johnny Clarke and Lisa Straub.
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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The jury has reached a verdict in the Samuel Williams capital murder case.

Williams has been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt on all five charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of aggravated burglary.

The decision came around 10:45 Friday morning. The jury deliberated for about five or six hours Thursday, and then met again Friday morning before releasing their decision after seven hours of deliberation.

The main evidence they had to base their decision on was a cigarette butt found at the scene with Williams' DNA on it.

During the week, the jury heard from a man Williams met in jail, who said Williams told him about his involvement in the crime.

The jury also heard phone calls Williams made from jail. In some calls he denied his involvement, but in one call he made to Cameo Pettaway's brother, Williams said, "That was supposed to be me and you. Your little brother stepped up."

Overall, the jury decided that was enough to say Williams was responsible beyond a reasonable doubt.

The mitigation portion of the trial begins Monday. The same jury will decide whether Williams will be sentenced to death.

On Thursday afternoon Pettaway, who was also accused in the deaths of Johnny Clarke and Lisa Straub, was acquitted of all his charges after Judge James Bates decided there was not enough evidence to convict him. Pettaway's case never went to a jury.

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