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UPDATE: Bryan Clay sentenced to life in prison for murders of mother, daughter

Posted at 6:11 PM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 20:53:26-05

UPDATE DEC. 05: 27-year-old Bryan Clay has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for murders of mother and daughter in 2012. 

Clay was convicted last week of raping and killing 38-year-old Ignacia "Yadira" Martinez and 10-year-old Karla. Clay took the stand on Monday and asked the all-female jury in an emotional statement to spare his life for the sake of his daughter. Clay also thanked the family of the victims for their forgiveness.

UPDATE NOV. 28: A verdict has been reached in the trial of Bryan Clay, the man accused of raping and killing a mother and daughter in 2012. Clay has been found guilty. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

UPDATE OCT. 31: The trial for Bryan Clay is scheduled to get underway on Oct. 31 with opening statements.


The trial of an accused double murderer is around the corner, and one of the survivors of the deadly home invasion is turning to forgiveness to heal.

Jury selection is underway for the death penalty trial of Bryan Clay.

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Clay is accused of beating Arturo Martinez with a hammer and killing Art's wife and daughter, Yadira and Karla, respectively.

The 2012 killings were a seemingly random act of violence.

Dale Davidson, a friend of the Martinez family, says Art and his two surviving sons have done their best to move on.

"I don't think it's ever going to go away as far as Art's concerned," Davidson said.

Davidson says the boys are doing well in school and Art recently remarried.

He's also back to work as an electrician.

Davidson says it was a long, hard road to recovery after the severe head injuries Art sustained in the attack.

He added that Art's devotion to his Catholic religion has been astonishing.

Davidson says Art has forgiven the killer, and hopes to one day meet him in heaven to kiss him on the cheek.