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Police have DNA, thumbprint in Vegas home slayings

Police have DNA, thumbprint in Vegas home slayings

A mother and her daughter had been sexually assaulted and bludgeoned to death with a hammer in a frighteningly random and savage attack in their modest West Las Vegas home. The father lay in critical condition in the blood-splattered house for more than 24 hours with his two terrified sons, ages 9 and 4, unsure what to do.
But the boys knew their dad, Arturo Martinez, an illegal Mexican immigrant who worked as an electrician by day and coached boxing to teens in the evening, always stressed how important school is, their aunt told The Associated Press on Monday.
"The first thing he always tells kids is that he will teach them, but they have to do well in school," Gaudia Martinez said.
So the next morning, April 16, the fourth-grader walked four blocks to his elementary school and told a trusted teacher that his mom and sister were dead at home. School officials called police.
"He also reported his father had two holes in his head, was acting strange and there was blood all over the home," Las Vegas police said in a chillingly detailed arrest report made public Monday.
Neither the boys nor Arturo Martinez, 39, who remained Monday in a medically induced coma at a Las Vegas hospital, could tell investigators what happened. Rumors swirled for several days as police backtracked from initial assurances that they didn't think an intruder was involved.
Police now say the keys to solving the intense 11-day investigation were a DNA match to evidence of the sex assault on 38-year-old Ignacia Yadira Martinez, a bloody thumbprint from the house, and a baseball cap and cellphone records pointing to the 22-year-old man now facing charges that could get him the death penalty.
Bryan Devonte Clay Jr. was arrested Friday morning on a warrant in an unrelated case, then linked to the slayings after jailers obtained a warrant and a DNA sample. He was booked late Friday in the slayings and sex assaults.
Clay was being held Monday at the Clark County jail pending an initial court appearance Wednesday on charges including murder, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and sex assault that could get him the death penalty. He did not yet have an attorney.
Clay also faces a court appearance Tuesday on the original warrant accusing him of failing to appear April 3 on a felony summons in a child abuse case involving a teenage girlfriend, police and court officials said. Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa also has scheduled a hearing for Clay on yet another pending felony case accusing him of robbery and domestic battery.
Clay told Las Vegas police that he partied heavily with alcohol, Ecstasy and PCP, and didn't remember the home invasion, sex attacks and hammer slayings of the mother of three known as "Yady" and her 10-year-old daughter, Karla Edith Martinez, and the near-fatal bludgeoning of Arturo Martinez.
"He did not deny being involved," police said in their report, "only ... (that) he did not remember what happened."
Police added that Clay told detectives they should "kill him now instead of taking him to jail."


Updated : 2021-05-13 16:49 GMT+08:00