Local woman attacked hours before 2012 double murder testifies in trial of Bryan Clay

Bryan Clay appears Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Justin Michel/KSNV)

This case goes back five and a half years.

A local woman is now testifying against Bryan Clay, the man accused of raping and murdering a mother and her 10-year-old daughter.

A witness attacked just hours before the double homicide took the stand during Clay's trial to explain how she got away.

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The witness admits her memory is fuzzy on some points, but she does know she was sexually assaulted. Prosecutors say her attacker would later break into a random home and murder two people.

"Next thing I know, I hear somebody running behind me and grabbed me," she said. "It happened. What happened to me, happened to me."

While we can't show her face or say her name, her testimony could help send Clay to death row.

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Around 1 a.m. on April 15, 2012, the woman says she was walking near Vegas Drive and Tonopah when a stranger began following her. She called her husband and then 911, but the man grabbed her from behind and pulled her into a desert lot.

"He had both hands around my neck choking me. I'm trying to turn over so I can keep airway, so I can breathe because the way he was choking me I thought I was going to die," she said.

The woman says the man sexually assaulted her, although she managed to grab a rock and hit him in the head twice.

Prosecutors say that man was Clay, who left the scene of that crime to commit another, just a half mile away. Clay is accused of breaking into the home of the Martinez family, raping and murdering Yadira Martinez and her 10-year-old daughter Karla.

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"Strong smell of alcohol yes, and a dazed look in his eyes like he was tripped out on some kind of drug," said the victim.

However, defense attorneys say the witness picked out the wrong man when shown a photo lineup by police. Even today, she's only 50-percent sure Clay is the man who attacked her.

Clay told police from the beginning that he doesn't remember what happened. Prosecutors believe DNA will help prove their case.

Testimony continues on Tuesday.

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