Friday, September 18, 2009

latest update on raymond clark iii

from the beginning everyone was saying either ms le's fiance had something to do with this (i disputed that) OR a professor did this because he (or i guess she) was having an affair with her (i vehemently disputed this). some blog even had a whole big discussion about ms le's murder, astrology and her having a (possible) affair. i left a comment on that blog and they were cowards and never published it.

someone was arrested for this crime. it looks like the police did the right thing and waited for some mighty substantial evidence - and didn't just go with the circumstantial swipe card records. no one has gone to trial yet and no one has been proven guilty yet. the outlook is not good for the person they've arrested though

there are a great many additional links to articles about this case at the courant link below.

Clothing Contains DNA Of Victim Annie Le, Suspect Raymond Clark III, Source Says
The Hartford Courant
NEW HAVEN - As hordes of FBI agents and Yale police combed the basement of a Yale University laboratory building for missing bride-to-be Annie Le, the man accused of killing her moved among them, in an apparent effort to cover his tracks, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said.

That behavior aroused investigators' suspicions about Raymond Clark III, but the final piece that led to his arrest Thursday morning was the discovery that evidence in the ceiling and in the crawl space where Le's body was found contained the DNA of both Le and Clark, according to the law enforcement official who spoke to The Courant on the condition of anonymity.

Clark, 24, was arrested at a Super 8 Motel in Cromwell around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. He was charged with murder.

(Pictures: Annie Le Homicide Investigation)

One investigator, among a group of investigators who were in the lab interviewing employees and students shortly after Le disappeared, witnessed Clark trying to hide lab cleaning equipment that they discovered contained blood spatters. Clark was observed cleaning up areas that Le was in before she was reported missing, the law enforcement official said.

A Superior Court judge Thursday granted New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington's request to keep secret the arrest warrant affidavit detailing the crime scene that was the site of Le's final moments.............

Yale Tech Charged With Annie Le's Murder


A Yale lab tech has been charged in the slaying of graduate student Annie Le, whose body was found crammed behind a wall of a university building, cops said.

Raymond Clark III, 24, kept his eyes fixed his on the ground and remained silent as he was led out of his Cromwell, Conn., hotel room in handcuffs early this morning en route to the police precinct.

“Based on numerous interviews, forensic evidence and information learned from reviewing video surveillance, detectives have secured the arrest warrant for Clark,” New Haven Police Chief James Lewis said.

Clark appeared in court for three minutes, his bond was set at $3 million and he was sent to a holding cell. The warrant is sealed for 14 days, according to court papers........

Clark faces charges in Annie Le death
Story by: Jamie Muro

The arrest warrant remains sealed, but New Haven Police Chief James Lewis says there was no romantic encounters between suspect and victim.

"I think it's important to note, it's not urban crime, it's not about university crime, it's not about domestic crime, but an issue of work place violence, which is a growing concern around the country," said Chief Lewis.

We do know Clark had been a potential suspect for days. Sources say Clark sent text messages to meet Le the day she disappeared.

Detectives also tracked Clark's movements in the building by his Yale key card, and there is information that based on his card access to certain rooms he was the last person to see Le alive.

"More than 300 items have been seized in this investigation, and detectives have worked around the clock on this case. Based on numerous interviews, forensic evidence, and viewing video from surveillance, detectives have secured an arrest warrant for Clark," said Chief Lewis..............

and here's a totally different take on this tragedy:

Annie Le Suspect Knew Cops Were On His Tail

by Paul Bass |

A day after playing softball in New Haven and attending the Hebron Fair, the suspect in the murder of a Yale graduate student noticed the seven cops following him around. They wanted him to.

That word comes from Lt. John Velleca, head of New Haven police’s narcotics unit.

Chief James Lewis assigned Velleca’s crew to follow around Raymond Clark III (pictured) starting Saturday night — and never let him out of their sight.

That was when it became clear that the case of Annie Le, the 24 year-old pharmacology student strangled to death last week inside a Yale medical building, was becoming a criminal case, not a missing person case.

It was also clear by that time that Raymond Clark III was the prime suspect, Chief James Lewis said in an interview in his office Thursday morning following a press conference announcing Clark’s arrest.

Lewis’s department was preparing to take over the investigation from the FBI. That happened the following day, when Le’s remains were found inside a basement wall.

So Lewis assigned the narcotics unit to follow Clark’s every move while investigators plowed through tapes from 70 security cameras and what would become 300 pieces of physical evidence.

Why the narc unit?.............

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