Trial set to begin in 2012 murder of mother and daughter

LAS VEGAS - After more than 5 years, an accused murderer and rapist is finally set to go on trial. Jury selection is underway, but this has been a long road for the Martinez family.

In April 2012, police say Bryan Clay broke into the Martinez family's home and attacked Arturo Martinez with a hammer while he was sleeping, raped and killed his wife, Yadira, and their 10-year-old daughter, Karla.

Jury selection is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

"I think the family and I and many others are surprised at how long it has taken for the case to come to trial," said Dale Davidson, a family friend. 

Two young boys in the home survived.

The crime captured the nation's attention.

"It was a huge case. The news was just horrific. I think part of the overall community reaction of shock was because it was a random act of violence," said Davidson. "I think people want to make sense of their lives. When something as inherently evil as this happens, I think it's very scary."

Clay did not know the family. He told police he had been drinking and taking drugs prior to the attacks.

Clay faces the death penalty on murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault with a weapon charges.

"We're hopeful that justice will be served," said Davidson. 

In past interviews, Arturo has publicly forgiven Bryan Clay but wants to see justice for his daughter and wife.

"I don't care about what punishment he has, it's about justice. I believe in the American justice system so I would love to not to see him next to other people because he's a dangerous person."

Arturo suffered brain damage as a result of the hammer attack and has spent years trying to rebuild his life and his future for his two sons.

Davidson says Arturo recently remarried. His two sons are in school and are said to be doing well. 

As for the trial of Bryan Clay, jury selection is expected to be completed later this week.
 


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