LAS VEGAS — Metro police have made an arrest in the April 16 murders of Ignacia Martinez and her 10-year-old daughter, Karla.
Bryan Clay, 22, who is also connected to the rape of a 50-year-old woman, is to be formally charged today in the murders. Metro Lt. Ray Steiber made the announcement at a Friday night news conference.
Clay was arrested earlier Friday on felony child abuse charges. A Metro spokesman said that Clay was questioned during the day Friday and was considered a person of interest in the slayings. DNA evidence was tested and came back at 5 p.m., resulting in the charges to be made Saturday.
Metro said the Robin Street double homicide was a random attack and the felony child abuse charge dates back to March of this year.
Earlier Friday there were conflicting reports about the arrest. The Las Vegas Review-Journal had reported that an arrest had been made linking the double homicide at a Robin Street residence and a recent sexual attack to the same person. Metro emailed News 3 to say that no arrest had been made and denied the Review-Journal report.
Ignacia Martinez and her daughter were bludgeoned to death with a claw hammer in their home. Her husband, Arturo, was also attacked and is slowing improving. Their bodies were discovered April 16 after her 9-year-old son went to school and told elementary school officials that his mother and sister were dead. Two young sons who also survived the attack.
The one key piece of evidence was a Cleveland Indians baseball cap the suspect left at one of the scenes.
The Review-Journal reported that a man had been arrested in connection with the killing of the mother and daughter and that DNA evidence also linked him to the sexual assault.
A car wash fundraiser to raise money for funerals is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Real KO gymnasium where Arturo had been a coach. The gym is at Cheyenne and Civic Center.