JurJury seated in Williams murder trial - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Jury seated in Williams murder trial

Posted: Updated:

A Jury has been seated in the capital murder trial of Samuel Williams. 

He is one of the men charged in the brutal killing of a young couple in Springfield Township a year and a half ago.

If convicted, Williams could face the death penalty.

The fact that this is a capital murder trial makes jury selection much more in depth.  Thirty-three people made it through the preliminary individual interviews with the judge, lawyers, and defendant without being dismissed on Wednesday 

There were 40 more scheduled  for Thursday.

Judge Dean Mandros is met with each person asking their thoughts on capital punishment.

That's because the defendant Samuel Williams could face the death penalty if convicted.

The 24-year-old East Toledo man is charged with the brutal deaths of 20-year-old Lisa Straub and 21-year-old Johnny Clarke, a couple from Springfield Township.

The victims were found inside the home of Straub's parents on Longacre Lane in January of 2011 with their hands duct-taped behind their backs and plastic bags over their heads.

Another suspect Cameo Pettaway is charged in the same murder.  Both defendants are being tried at the same time but in separate courtrooms.

"It doesn't happen that often," says attorney Alan Konop, who is not involved in these murder trials.  Konop says these unusual logistics help the courthouse process.

"It's an issue of expediency," says Konop. "The same witnesses are probably going to be called each trial so this gets it all together at one time."

Konop says another benefit of running these trials simultaneously is its impact on the jury.

Having two separate juries at the same time avoids a potential problem of compiling a second jury pool later.

"Potential jurors in the second trial having be aware of the verdict in the first trial and the effect that having on their being eligible to be jurors," says Konop.

Addressing the more than six dozen prospective jurors on Tuesday in the Williams trial, Judge Dean Mandros issued a ban on information about Pettaway.

"It would be highly improper for you to read, hear, see or learn anything about that case," says Judge Dean Mandros.

Williams has pleaded not guilty. 

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Loved ones looking for answers in Toledo murder case

    Loved ones looking for answers in Toledo murder case

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:09:20 GMT
    Eddie Byrd started cutting Tyler McIntoush's hair when he was only 8-years-old. The Toledo barber was devastated to hear the carefree 16-year-old was shot and killed Thursday morning."They stole her son, my customer, and a friend," says Byrd. "We cant see him grow up can't see him graduate. It's just, emotions are messed up right now."According to police, the shooting happened near Collingwood and Boston Place just after 3 a.m. Today, a small memorial now sits near that spot. McIntosh's frien...
    Eddie Byrd started cutting Tyler McIntoush's hair when he was only 8-years-old. The Toledo barber was devastated to hear the carefree 16-year-old was shot and killed Thursday morning."They stole her son, my customer, and a friend," says Byrd. "We cant see him grow up can't see him graduate. It's just, emotions are messed up right now."According to police, the shooting happened near Collingwood and Boston Place just after 3 a.m. Today, a small memorial now sits near that spot. McIntosh's frien...
  • Vacant house fire on Erie

    Vacant house fire on Erie

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-07-26 12:44:35 GMT
    Around 5 this morning a vacant house caught fire and is now set to be torn down. The fire happened on the 1400 block of N. Erie, at the intersection of Magnolia and Erie. The fire is out. There were no injuries. Flames were visible from 13abc's downtown action cam.
    Around 5 this morning a vacant house caught fire and is now set to be torn down. The fire happened on the 1400 block of N. Erie, at the intersection of Magnolia and Erie. The fire is out. There were no injuries. Flames were visible from 13abc's downtown action cam.
  • BREAKING NEWS

    Amber Alert canceled for missing Ohio girl

    Amber Alert canceled for missing Ohio girl

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-07-26 12:34:53 GMT
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an Ohio child who police say was taken by her father. According to authorities, the Kaelin Hawkins, 34, took his daughter Kelcie Hawkins, 5, from Springdale, OH.  Police say Kaelin is armed with a knife and has threatened to kill anyone with him.  He was last seen driving a dark gray 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with Ohio license plate FNV 7233.
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an Ohio child who police say was taken by her father. According to authorities, the Kaelin Hawkins, 34, took his daughter Kelcie Hawkins, 5, from Springdale, OH.  Police say Kaelin is armed with a knife and has threatened to kill anyone with him.  He was last seen driving a dark gray 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with Ohio license plate FNV 7233.
  • LocalMore>>

  • BREAKING NEWS

    Amber Alert canceled for missing Ohio girl

    Amber Alert canceled for missing Ohio girl

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-07-26 12:34:53 GMT
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an Ohio child who police say was taken by her father. According to authorities, the Kaelin Hawkins, 34, took his daughter Kelcie Hawkins, 5, from Springdale, OH.  Police say Kaelin is armed with a knife and has threatened to kill anyone with him.  He was last seen driving a dark gray 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with Ohio license plate FNV 7233.
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an Ohio child who police say was taken by her father. According to authorities, the Kaelin Hawkins, 34, took his daughter Kelcie Hawkins, 5, from Springdale, OH.  Police say Kaelin is armed with a knife and has threatened to kill anyone with him.  He was last seen driving a dark gray 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with Ohio license plate FNV 7233.
  • Loved ones looking for answers in Toledo murder case

    Loved ones looking for answers in Toledo murder case

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:09:20 GMT
    Eddie Byrd started cutting Tyler McIntoush's hair when he was only 8-years-old. The Toledo barber was devastated to hear the carefree 16-year-old was shot and killed Thursday morning."They stole her son, my customer, and a friend," says Byrd. "We cant see him grow up can't see him graduate. It's just, emotions are messed up right now."According to police, the shooting happened near Collingwood and Boston Place just after 3 a.m. Today, a small memorial now sits near that spot. McIntosh's frien...
    Eddie Byrd started cutting Tyler McIntoush's hair when he was only 8-years-old. The Toledo barber was devastated to hear the carefree 16-year-old was shot and killed Thursday morning."They stole her son, my customer, and a friend," says Byrd. "We cant see him grow up can't see him graduate. It's just, emotions are messed up right now."According to police, the shooting happened near Collingwood and Boston Place just after 3 a.m. Today, a small memorial now sits near that spot. McIntosh's frien...
  • Riverdale teacher accused of child endangering resigns from district

    Riverdale teacher accused of child endangering resigns from district

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:04:52 GMT
    The Riverdale School teacher caught on camera being physical with a student has resigned. Superintendent Eric Hoffman tells 13abc he received Barb Williams’ resignation letter Friday. Hoffman will not release the letter at this time. He tells 13abc he will give the letter to the school board Monday at its meeting where the board is expected to formally act on the resignation. Hoffman would only say the letter says she will resign immediately.
    The Riverdale School teacher caught on camera being physical with a student has resigned. Superintendent Eric Hoffman tells 13abc he received Barb Williams’ resignation letter Friday. Hoffman will not release the letter at this time. He tells 13abc he will give the letter to the school board Monday at its meeting where the board is expected to formally act on the resignation. Hoffman would only say the letter says she will resign immediately.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!