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Suspect in gruesome double slaying pleads guilty in separate domestic violence case


Leila Navidi

Bryan Clay appears in court for a hearing at the Regional Justice Center on Monday, August 27, 2012.

Arturo Martinez Press Conference

Arturo Martinez hugs family friend Billie Walker before a press conference at his gym the Real KO Boxing Club in North Las Vegas on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Martinez's wife and 10-year-old daughter were beaten to death in their home in April 2012, and Martinez was hospitalized with severe head injuries from the attack. Launch slideshow »

Multiple Death Investigation

Shown is the memorial on April 25, 2012 that has been made for the mother and daughter found dead inside their home on Robin Street near Washington Avenue. On April 16, 2012, officers responded to the house when a boy, 9, went to school and told staff that his mother and sister were dead at home. Launch slideshow »

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.

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