Will Bryan Clay get the death penalty? Jurors hear arguments in penalty phase
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
The penalty phase for Bryan Clay, convicted in the brutal 2012 deaths of a Las Vegas woman and her 10-year-old daughter, began Wednesday at the Regional Justice Center.
The state is seeking the death penalty for Clay, 27. Prosecutor Mark DiGiacomo asked the jury to remember the victims.
“What is justice? What does Bryan Clay deserve?” DiGiacomo asked. “What does he deserve for going into that room and doing that to that little girl?”
Defense attorney Christopher Oram asked the jury to spare his client’s life, emphasizing that Clay is a father and also told police from the beginning he doesn't remember what happened to the Martinez family.
“’I've done what to a mother and child? Oh my God,’” Oram said. “And at that point he begins to fall apart.”
Jurors also heard of Clay's prior arrests.
At 16 years old, he was charged with open and gross lewdness for groping and harassing a fellow student at Sierra Vista High School.
There were also two cases involving domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. Detective Dean O'Kelley of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department describe one of those incidents.
“She was breaking up with Clay, and he said, ‘If I can't have you and the baby, no one can.’ And he grabbed her around the neck and started punching her,” O'Kelley said.
This penalty hearing expected to last into next week, giving jurors more information about Clay before deciding his fate.