Man booked in deaths of mom, child

By Ken Ritter, AP

LAS VEGAS — Using a hammer as a weapon, a “complete stranger” with no significant criminal history allegedly attacked a family in their Las Vegas home, killing a woman and her daughter, in a brutal crime that left investigators both baffled and aghast.

Bryan Clay, 22, was arrested Friday in the April 15 rape and bludgeoning deaths of 38-year-old Ignacia Martinez and 10-year-old Karla Martinez. He had no connection to the family of five, Lt. Ray Steiber said Saturday.

“This was a complete stranger killing a mother and daughter and attacking the father,” Steiber told The Associated Press. “I’ve been doing this (police work) 24 years, and you don’t see cases like this. I can’t even put this into words.”

Steiber said he didn’t know why two boys, 9 and 4, were spared in the home invasion attack that came to light when the older boy came to school and informed a counselor that his mother and sister were dead at home.

Authorities found the bodies of the girl and the mother in separate bedrooms. The two boys remained in the home for at least 24 hours with the bodies and their severely injured father, Steiber said.

The boys were placed in protective custody with the Clark County Department of Family Services after the attack, and police declined to say where they now are.