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Bloody Hammer Stranger Killings in Las Vegas

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.”

Nothing was taken from the blood-spattered house, and investigators were unsure of the motive for the attack.

“There’s no rhyme or reason to why (it happened),” he said, adding Clay doesn’t have a “significant” criminal history.

Clay also was booked in the beating and rape of a 50-year-old woman in the same west Las Vegas neighborhood hours before the slayings.

Man faces charges in bloody hammer killings of Las Vegas woman and daughter. MSNBC.com, 4/27/12.

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