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Prosecutor: Man Told Police Woman Sought Sledgehammer Attack

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prosecutor told a judge a man accused of killing a woman with a sledgehammer spoke to police about "smashing people" and said the woman asked him to hit her.

Prosecutor Peter Thunell said Friday that police are investigating whether 36-year-old Clinton Earl Taylor attacked others before the pre-dawn slaying Thursday at a Las Vegas laundromat.

Officer Larry Hadfield says detectives haven't identified any similar attacks.

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Authorities have not identified the woman, who police say told a 911 dispatcher of a man with a sledgehammer before she was heard screaming and the line disconnected.

Arriving officers found Taylor covered with blood, carrying a sledgehammer.

Taylor's court-appointed lawyer, Marissa Pensabene, sought his release on bail but Judge Ann Zimmerman ordered him to remain in jail pending a Wednesday court date.