27-year-old Daniel Clay charged in Chelsea Bruck murder case

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 17:26:05-04

Daniel Clay, 27, of Newport is now facing second degree murder charges in the case of Chelsea Bruck.

Clay had his official arraignment Monday afternoon in Monroe County with his probable cause hearing scheduled for July 28. 

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Clay actually addressed the judge during the arraignment and asked for no bond. Bond was then denied. 

Meanwhile, the Wayne County Medical Examiner has officially released the cause of death for Bruck as blunt force trauma to the head. 

Friends and family of 22-year-old Bruck say they are thankful for the tireless efforts of police and the sheriff's department.

Bruck's family released the following statement:

The family of Chelsea Buck would like to thank our family, friends, and community for their continued support. We are thankful for the efforts of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department. We will now let the judicial system move forward with the next steps of this process. We continue to request our privacy during this matter. 

Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone says he is confident they have the right man in custody. The suspect provided details and clues about her murder that Malone told action news, "only a killer would know."

7 Action News learned this morning from sources close to the case that the suspect even had some of Bruck's items in his home.