Sex assault charges stand in Las Vegas hammer deaths
Booking Photo of Bryan ClayPhoto: Image by Clark County Detention Center
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A judge has denied a request to drop burglary and sexual assault charges against a 22-year-old man accused killing a Las Vegas mother and daughter and nearly killing their husband and father.
Defense lawyers argued Monday that it wasn't clear whether sexual assaults on Ignacia "Yadira" Martinez and 10-year-old Karla Martinez happened when the victims were dead or alive. They also say it's unknown whether 22-year-old Bryan Devonte Clay Jr. entered the home randomly during the April 15 hammer attacks.
Judge Jessie Walsh denied the motion and said a burglary charge and three counts of sexual assault would stand.
Clay is accused in the two deaths, and an assault that seriously injured Arturo Martinez.
Authorities say Clay told detectives he was under the influence and didn't remember the attacks.