A former Yale University lab techniciancharged with strangling a graduate student and stuffing her bodybehind a laboratory wall appeared in court Tuesday, but did notenter a plea to murder.
Twenty-four-year-old Raymond Clark III appeared in an orangejumpsuit in New Haven Superior Court. He's accused of strangling24-year-old Annie Le (LAY') of Placerville, Calif. His lawyers sayhe eventually will plead not guilty.
The judge scheduled a probable cause hearing for Oct. 20, inwhich sides will have the right to introduce evidence and callwitnesses. Under Connecticut law, defendants accused of murder havethe right to the hearing within 60 days of their arrest to decideif the case will go forward.
The judge said he will also consider at that hearing whether toextend a sealing order on the police arrest affidavit in the case.
Le was a pharmacology graduate student who vanished Sept. 8 froma Yale medical lab building. Her body was found in the buildingfive days later, on what was supposed to have been her wedding day.
Police have not talked about a motive in the slaying, largelybecause Clark has not talked to authorities. Investigators and Yaleofficials have called Le's death a case of workplace violence, buthave not elaborated.
Co-workers have told police that Clark was controlling andviewed the laboratory and its mice as his personal fiefdom.
As a technician, Clark's duties included cleaning mouse cagesand the floors of the lab.
Le's work involved experiments on mice that were part ofresearch into enzymes that could have implications for treatment ofcancer, diabetes and muscular dystrophy.
She was reported missing Sept. 8 from the medical schoolresearch building about a mile from Yale's main campus. Securitycameras last recorded her entering the building that morning, andinvestigators were initally baffled that there was no record of herleaving.
Her body was found five days later in the basement laboratory ina wall chase - a hidden access that allows utility pipes and wiresto run vertically between floors.
Investigators, who had been keeping around-the-clocksurvellieance of Clark, labeled him a person of interest two dayslater and got a court order to take forensic evidence from him andsearch his apartment. Clark was arrested Sept. 17 after DNAevidence linked him to Le's body.
He has been jailed since his arrest. A judge set his bond at $3million.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times