Convicted killer Bryan Clay's mother testifies during penalty hearing

LaTasha White, the mother of convicted killer Bryan Clay, testified during the penalty hearing. (KSNV)

A mother's sobs filled Courtroom 16C, as the woman's son, convicted of double murder, wiped his own eyes.

On Friday afternoon, defense attorneys for Bryan Clay went through his troubled childhood.

"I tried to be a good mom and hide these things from my children," said LaTasha White, Clay's mother.

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White says Clay is one of four children, brought up in a gang-infested neighborhood. She says his drug-dealing father, Bryan Clay Sr., is in prison. Despite the family's struggles, her love for her child is real.

"He's a little kid. He's my baby. I look and see that's the kid I had when he was first born. And I can take him in my arms and he's still the same person," said White.

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Clay was convicted earlier this week of raping and murdering Yadira Martinez and her 10-year-old daughter Karla, back in April 2012. Police say the family was attacked in the middle of the night when Clay broke into their home near Washington and Rancho.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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However, the defense wants jurors to know Clay, himself, is the father of a 5-year-old girl and White says their bond is strong.

It's a reason, the defense hopes, jurors will spare his life.

"She lights up, she says, 'my daddy Bryan Clay!' And I take her to see him and the rest of the grandkids go see him," said White. "When I say we're going to the jail, they're so excited, they don't know what it is. They just love to go to talk to their uncle."

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