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Published: Thursday, 10/18/2012

Pettaway indicted for alleged assault on girlfriend

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Cameo Pettaway is escorted from Lucas County Common Pleas Court. Cameo Pettaway is escorted from Lucas County Common Pleas Court.
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An Oregon man recently acquitted in the aggravated murder trial of a Springfield Township couple was indicted today by a Lucas County grand jury for an alleged assault on his live-in girlfriend.

Cameo Pettaway, 23, was charged with one count of felonious assault. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison. He is currently in custody after his arrest today.

Mr. Pettaway was first arrested Oct. 14 at his Oregon residence, where police were called at about 8 a.m. The victim, Sarah Rupert, 26, apparently suffered significant injuries to her face. Authorities said Mr. Pettaway had posted bond in the case Wednesday but was arrested again after an indictment was returned.

Mr. Pettaway was acquitted in July by Lucas County Common Pleas Judge James Bates for lack of evidence in the 2011 slayings of Lisa Straub and Johnny Clarke. The ruling was issued after a jury heard 3½ days of testimony but before the trial got to the jury deliberation stage.

Mr. Pettaway and co-defendant Samuel Williams, 24, were each charged with aggravated murder in connection with the deaths.

Williams, 24, was convicted of two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of aggravated burglary. He is currently serving two life sentences without the possibility of parole.