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Jury gets case against suspect in grisly 2012 deaths of mother and daughter, 10

Bryan Clay and his defense team appear in court on Monday, November 20, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Jorge Montes/KSNV)

A jury is now deciding the fate of the man accused of raping and killing a Las Vegas mother and her 10-year-old daughter more than five years ago.

In closing arguments Tuesday, the lawyers for Bryan Clay say the physical evidence against their client is flawed.

“This isn't about winning the case,” defense attorney Tony Sgro said. “This is about advancing the truth of what occurred.”

Sgro and Christopher Oram were highly critical of the investigation, going after scientists in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Crime Lab and the credibility of witnesses.

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Yadira Martinez and her 10-year-old daughter, Karla, were raped and killed in their home in April 2012.

“They were asleep and didn't see him coming,” said prosecutor Pam Weckerly. “They had no means to fend him off, and he was armed.”

Husband and father Arturo Martinez also was attacked with a hammer that night. On Tuesday, he was in the front row of the courtroom listening as prosecutors laid out their case one final time.

“Decide the case on evidence, not denial,” Weckerly said.

Weckerly says from DNA to fingerprints, the evidence against Clay is overwhelming, even though Clay told police he doesn't remember what happened.

“You don't get an automatic pass if you happen to be drunk or high when you commit a crime,” Weckerly said.

The jury finished deliberations Tuesday night without reaching a verdict. They will resume on Monday morning.

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