Charges filed against man who allegedly killed mother, daughter with a claw hammer

Drew Karedes, Matt Mayhood

Booking Photo of Bryan Clay Photo: Image by Clark County Detention Center

Charges filed against man who allegedly killed mother, daughter with a claw hammer

CREATED Apr. 27, 2012

UPDATE -- According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Bryan Clay has been charged with:

  • 2 Counts of Murder with a Deadly Weapon
  • Attempt Murder with a Deadly Weapon
  • 3 Counts of Sexual Assault
  • Kidnap with Intent to Commit a Crime
  • Robbery and Burglary

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- After nearly two weeks of one of the most intensive investigations in recent memory, and police say they have caught a dangerous and violent predator.

Police believe 22-year-old Bryan Clay is responsible for killing Yadira Martinez and her 10-year-old daughter Karla. Karla was also raped.

Their bodies were discovered inside the family home on Robin Street on April 16th. The father of the household, Arturo Martinez, was also beaten with a claw hammer and remains in a coma.

Investigators also believe Clay beat and raped a 50-year-old woman in another random attack nearby less than 24 hours prior.

Clay was booked into jail on Friday morning on an unrelated warrant for felony child abuse. That's when police say the dots of a very complex puzzle began to connect.

"This is the kind of investigation, this is the kind of case, they write movies about. I don't say that to be an entertainment factor. I'm saying this was a savage, heinous crime," said Lt. Ray Steiber at a Friday night news conference.

Lt. Ray Steiber says a team of 60 people have been working on this investigation day and night.

"I've been doing this for 24 years, and this is the case that you hope you never see," explained Steiber.

Police say they did not have probable cause to charge Clay with these heinous crimes when he was originally booked on Friday morning.

According to police, he will be rebooked on Saturday on a long list of felonies. Investigators haven't said if he has confessed or expressed any remorse.

"We have communicated with Mr. Clay. What he has said or what he hasn't said at this present time, I'm not in a position where I'm comfortable releasing that information," added to Lt. Steiber.

Lt. Steiber went on to say that Clay was included in a list of persons of interest police had questioned.