January 26, 2010

Yale murder suspect pleads not guilty

Posted: 12:29 PM ET

(CNN) - A lab technician charged with killing a Yale graduate student pleaded not guilty Tuesday during a court hearing in New Haven, Connecticut, his attorney said.

Raymond Clark III is charged with murder in the death of Annie Le. Her body was found inside a wall of a Yale lab building on September 12 - the day she was to be married. She had been strangled, the Connecticut medical examiner's office determined.

Clark also waived his right to a probable cause hearing, said his lawyer, Joe Lopez. The next pretrial hearing was set for March 3.

Clark is being held in lieu of $3 million bail.

Clark is not a Yale student, but has worked as a lab technician at the university since 2004. He lived with his girlfriend, who also is a Yale lab technician, according to New Haven police.

A Yale faculty member described Clark's job as maintaining colonies for animals used in research. The lab is in the basement of the building where Le's body was found.

A motive in Le's killing was unclear, but police said they were treating the case as workplace violence.

Le, who was 24, was buried in California on September 26.

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bertrand belizaire   January 27th, 2010 10:09 am ET

To Whom It May Concern:

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janette tx   January 28th, 2010 1:41 am ET


A. Smith, Oregon   January 28th, 2010 1:57 am ET

Raymond Clark III should remind everyone why we have SuperMax prisons in America. And when he is found guilty, I can think of no other person more deserving to be sent to a SuperMax prison for the rest of his life along with Dick Cheney and the entire male Bush Family members.

Holland   January 28th, 2010 11:54 am ET

Then who killed Annie Le?

Theresa   January 28th, 2010 2:24 pm ET

How is it possible for anyone to get a fair trial in this day & age? This case will be dissected to the nth degree before & during the trial. Every entertainment & "news" program will have lawyers,talk show hosts, etc.,etc.,on. i.e. Larry King I suppose it's great for ratings! There is a great probability this young man is guilty but months before the trial it's already decided.

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