Bail denied for man accused in sledgehammer killing

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A judge denied bail for a man accused in a deadly random sledgehammer attack on a woman. Clinton Taylor, 36, appeared in court via video conference Friday morning.

Clinton is facing a murder charge in the bludgeoning death of a woman early Thursday morning and this isn’t the first time he has had a run-in with law enforcement.

Clinton is accused of killing a woman who was doing her laundry at a laundromat on Rancho Drive, near Washington Avenue. According to Las Vegas police, the woman called 911 around 5 a.m. to report a man with a sledgehammer outside the business. The operator heard screaming and the phone went dead. Police said Taylor, who was carrying a sledgehammer and had blood on him, was arrested a short distance away.

Clinton spoke to police about “smashing” people, according to the prosecutor.

His criminal history dates back to a 1990s when he was charged with felony drug possession. He was also arrested for attempted burglary and petty larceny in the early 2000s, but those charges were dropped.

The victim’s identity hasn’t been released by the coroner yet.

Bail could be reconsidered at a court appearance next Wednesday.

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