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Potent Combination May Have Set Off Alleged Killer

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LAS VEGAS - Bryan Clay is only 5'7" and 140lbs., but he's accused of raping and killing 10-year-old Karla Martinez and her mother 38-year-old Yadira Martinez. The 22-year-old Clay is charged in one of the worst massacres in Las Vegas history.

According to his arrest report, Clay and his brother partied the night of Saturday, April 14. Clay told police he drank some "dark liquor", took some "transformers" or Ecstasy, and smoked some "Sherm" or cigarettes dipped in PCP. He claimed he then fell asleep on the couch.

Dr. Daniel Burkhead is medical director of Innovative Pain Care Center. He says users of Ecstasy generally experience feelings of love and euphoria, but PCP can bring profound hallucinations.

"Certainly, we know that their behavior would be very unpredictable and potentially very dangerous," he said. "Some people feel like they are on top of the world when they take PCP, and other people feel very bitter and negative, and they can literally have auditory or visual hallucinations."

The combination of alcohol, Ecstasy and PCP may have set off Clay's alleged brutal behavior that he says he can't even remember.

"It certainly doesn't excuse your behavior just because you don't have recollection of what you've done," Dr. Burkhead said.

Clay repeatedly told homicide detectives he did not remember what happened that night, from the rape of a 50-year-old woman in a separate crime to the heinous massacre at the Martinez residence.

Clay eventually told detectives they should have killed him instead of arresting him.

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