Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 | 5:10 p.m.
The man accused in the grisly killing and rape of a mother and daughter pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges that he beat his girlfriend while she was pregnant with their child.
Prosecutors dropped the felony charges against Bryan Clay, 23, in exchange for a plea to misdemeanor charges of two counts of battery constituting domestic violence and one count of petit larceny.
Clay is facing the death penalty in the separate double-murder case. In that case, he is accused of breaking into a Las Vegas home on April 15, 2012, and sexually assaulting and killing Yadira Martinez and her daughter Karla Martinez-Sanchez before beating them to death with a hammer. Yadira Martinez’s husband, Arturo Martinez-Sanchez, was also critically wounded in the attack.
Clark County District Judge James Bixler sentenced Bryan Clay to a year in Clark County Detention Center for the domestic violence case.
The death penalty case is slated to go to trial April 14, 2014.