Police arrest lab technician in murder of Yale student, Annie Le

September 17, 2009

(ChattahBox) — While police released Yale University animal research  Raymond Clark III who did custodial work at the lab on Wednesday after collecting DNA samples and questioning him in the killing of Annie Le who worked in the same lab, it was only to wait the results of the tests.  Le’s body was found stuffed behind a wall in the laboratory Sunday, which was to have been her wedding day.  Results of an autopsy revealed she died of “traumatic asphyxiation,” but there has been no confirmation whether Le had been a victim of sexual assault.

Police this morning were gathered outside a motel in Cromwell, Conn. waiting to arrest Clark after his DNA was linked to the murder of the graduate student the New Haven Register reported.  Sources told the paper cops were obtaining an arrest warrant for Clark, and New Haven police have scheduled a news conference for early this morning.  The news conference has now occurred and New Haven Police Chief James Lewis said Clark’s been arrested and bond is set for $3 million. Lewis said there are no other suspects, but would not comment on a possible motive, other than to call it workplace violence. Lewis said (via Fox News) Clark had not been cooperating with police: “At some point he may be willing to answer questions, but at this point he has invoked his rights,” Lewis said. “He has an attorney. We couldn’t question him if we wanted to.”

Clark has previously been described as a person of interest, not a suspect, in Le’s death, but has reportedly failed a lie detector test, has scratch marks on his chest, and computer security records from Yale suggested he was the last person to see her alive.  Clark, his fiancee, his sister and his brother-in-law all worked as technicians at Yale, helping clean the cages of research animals used by labs and had other janitorial duties, police said. The technicians help tend to rodents, mostly mice, used in experiments and can help with paperwork. Clark’s work put him in direct contact with Le, who was part of a research team headed by her faculty adviser, Anton Bennett, that focused on enzyme research that could have implications in cancer, diabetes and muscular dystrophy.


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6 Responses to “Police arrest lab technician in murder of Yale student, Annie Le”

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  3. Ronk on September 17th, 2009 1:12 pm

    I will never understand how one person can kill another. Unless of course it is self defense which I highly doubt in this case.

  4. Cali on September 17th, 2009 8:31 pm

    What a shame. She was such a beautiful young lady, and since she was in a Yale graduate program, she was obviously very intelligent. I’m sure she will be missed greatly.

  5. bruce jones on September 18th, 2009 1:20 pm

    fry his ass..

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