Lab Tech Charged With Yale Grad Student's Murder

September 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A co-worker suspected of killing a Yale student from Placerville is spending his first night behind bars. Raymond Clark also made his first appearance before a judge.Once a high school athlete, Raymond Clark, is now an accused murderer being held on a three million dollar bond. He appeared in court after police arrested him at a Connecticut motel.

Capt. Roy Nelson with the Cromwell Police Department said, "It was peaceful it was an uneventful arrest as far as that goes it was cooperative."

Police had followed Clark's every move in the days after Annie Le's strangling death. They moved in after comparing his DNA to bloody surgical gloves and other items found at the lab where he and Le both worked.

Chief James Lewis said, "We don't have any suspects, other suspects at this time, we do have a lot of evidence we still have to analyze, literally hundreds of pieces of evidence still to go to the lab."

On the Yale campus, the arrest comes as a relief.

Yale Student Doug Linsey tells us, "I think it does in a sense still it will be a long before we all feel we are completely safe."

Clark has worked at the Yale lab since December 2004 and has no prior criminal record. The university says there's nothing in his background that would have suggested he could commit murder.

Yale University President Richard Levin said, "What happened here could have happened anywhere ... it says for about the dark side of the human soul than it does about anything else."

In the end this appears not to involve a tawdry love triangle like some suggested. Rather, authorities say Annie Le was the victim of workplace violence and authorities are checking emails Clark sent complaining about her neatness.

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