Investigation Discovery’s ‘Calls From The Inside: Connections to Murder’ narrates how the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office was able to nab the convicted killer, Sam Williams, in connection to the murder of Johnny Clarke and Lisa Straub that had occurred in Toledo, Ohio, on January 30, 2011. If you’re obsessed with discovering out further about Sam along with his alleged co-conspirator, Cameo Pettaway, then proper right here’s what everyone knows up to now.
Who Are Sam Williams and Cameo Pettaway?
Samuel “Sam” Todd Williams had slept in late on September 22, 2011, and invited mates over to his place to play video video video games. A sequence smoker, Sam had run out of cigarettes and accompanied his brother to the store to buy a pack. As he was crossing the street, marked police cars approached with US Marshals and deputies from the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office drawing their weapons. They arrested Sam and launched him proper all the way down to the police station.
According to info research, Sam had pretty a protracted rap sheet with three bills of residence violence. He was convicted of threatening his sufferer in 2006 and was charged with felonious assault in 2007 after punching an individual all through a fight. He moreover had a present conviction of breaking into his former partner’s residence and threatening to have her crushed up. So, when he was arrested, Sam alleged he was confused and even inquired the officers regarding the arrest.
He talked about, “I had a warrant for one of my domestic violence cases that I was on probation for. I’m like, ‘I’ve got 30 days in jail. I don’t want to do the probation. As the U.S. Marshal was putting handcuffs on me, I said, ‘You really come and get people for misdemeanor domestic violence cases?’” During his interrogation, he complained to the officer present regarding the alleged powerful treatment meted out to him. He mentioned, “If you would have sent me something in the mail, I would have come down. You didn’t have to humiliate me like that.”
After the officers knowledgeable him regarding the double murder of Johnny Clarke and Lisa Straub that had occurred in Toledo, Ohio, on January 30, 2011, Sam began to know the gravity of the state of affairs. When the detectives requested why his DNA was found on a cigarette butt retrieved from the crime scene, he decided to lawyer up. He later talked about, “I have been incarcerated before, and I know murder cases is a very serious crime (sic). I didn’t know if they were using (the DNA) as a scare tactic to get me to talk. But I knew if I talked to my attorney, I’d find out more accurate information.”
While in jail, Sam made plenty of calls which had been recorded by the police and later supplied in his trial. His most incriminating identify was on April 12, 2012, when he referred to as Stephen Pettaway. He was the brother of Cameo Pettaway and the police had moreover found Cameo’s DNA on the an identical cigarette bud. While Sam claimed he was talking with Stephen on unrelated factors, the authorities used snippets of the choice and the DNA to moreover arrest and value Cameo inside the double homicide.
Where Are Sam Williams and Cameo Pettaway?
Sam went to trial on July 2012 after being charged with two counts of aggravated murder with specs, two counts of kidnapping, and one rely of aggravated burglary. Apart from the DNA proof, primarily probably the most important facet of the prosecution was a jailhouse snitch named Eric Yingling, who testified Sam had confessed to him regarding the murders. Eric talked about, “I couldn’t get Williams to shut up. He was pouring it out. It was like I was a priest and he was in a confessional.”
However, Sam claimed he was not present on the crime scene and had no fingers inside the murders. Upon his arrest, he couldn’t immediately recall the place he was on the evening time of January 30, 2011. He talked about, “I didn’t really know where I was. How much time had elapsed? Eight months? I lived in the streets, so really I’d bounce from this house to that house. At that moment, I couldn’t tell where I was.” However, he claimed he was on the Bottom Line Bar on Navarre Avenue on the East Side, watching the Pro Bowl with some acquaintances.
Sam moreover claimed Eric was “a master manipulator,” alleging the latter obtained money and a plea deal for testifying in direction of him. He claimed he was organize and the cigarette nevertheless containing his DNA was positioned on the scene. According to Sam, the alleged perpetrator knew the police would arrest him as shortly as attainable as a result of his earlier convictions.
The court docket docket didn’t buy his story and he was found accountable and sentenced to 2 consecutive life phrases with out the potential of parole for the two murder convictions and ten years each on the remaining counts in August 2012. In a separate nevertheless simultaneous trial, all the prices in direction of Cameo had been dismissed on account of the court docket docket didn’t uncover enough proof to warrant the prices. It was moreover dominated that Cameo wouldn’t be charged as soon as extra for the crime as a result of double jeopardy.
According to official court docket docket information, Sam, now in his mid-30s, proceed to serve his sentence on the Marion Correctional Institution. Cameo served six years in jail after being convicted of beating up his girlfriend inside two months of his acquittal. He was moreover charged with felonious assault for capturing an individual in January 2020, to which he pleaded not accountable. He is presumed to be in some jail awaiting trial or out after posting the $75,000 bond.