Jurors get first look at graphic crime scene photos during Bryan Clay trial
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
It was a disturbing day of testimony on Wednesday in the Bryan Clay murder trial as jurors were shown photographs from the crime scene.
Bryan Clay, 27, faces the death penalty for the April 15, 2012, rape and killings of Yadira Martinez and her 10-year-old daughter, Karla. Arturo Martinez.
The defense objected to some of the photos as being too graphic.
On the stand, crime scene analyst Noreen Charlton led jurors room by room through the Martinez home near Washington and Rancho, explaining the collection of evidence.
The phrase “apparent blood” was repeated throughout the testimony.
Charlton said a homicide detective walking the property line discovered the suspected murder weapon wedged in a wall.
“He located a hammer in one of the cinder blocks,” she said.
Yadira's husband Arturo, was also nearly killed in the attack, beaten repeatedly in the head.
The couple's two young sons — 9 and 4 years old at the time — were not hurt. They stayed in the house with the bodies of their murdered mother and sister for more than 24 hours before the older boy walked to school and alerted a teacher.
Ken Seal, Arturo's brother-in-law, says the photographic evidence is tough.
“It was difficult to see the scene,” Seal said. “We were in the house after it was cleaned up. But this brought back memories of walking around that house.”
The trial is set to resume Thursday at the Regional Justice Center.