Warrant: Sock, glove and boots link Raymond Clark to Annie Le slay
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A copy of the arrest warrant issued for Yale murder suspect Raymond Clark says DNA evidence links Clark and victim Annie Le and describes how Clark tried to hide an apparently bloodstained box from an investigator.
The warrant, released Friday, said both Clark's and Le's DNA were found on a sock in the ceiling near Le's body. A bloodstained rubber glove and a pair of stained work boots inscribed with "Ray-C" were found in a nearby ceiling.
"DNA evidence has also linked Clark and the victim together," said the warrant, which was filed in New Haven Superior Court on Sept. 17, the day Clark was arrested.
Clark, 24, of Middletown, is accused in the strangling death of bride-to-be Le.
A Yale University police officer said she was in the basement lab where Le last used her security card, watching over potential evidence, including a box of wipes with "what appeared to be blood splatter on it," according to the affidavit.
The officer said Clark entered the room several times and turned the box away from the officer in what "appeared to be a deliberate attempt by Clark to block her view of the box in question," according to the affidavit.
Another Yale officer said in the affidavit that he saw Clark scrubbing the floor of the basement lab with steel wool, and said he thought it was strange because the floor was clean.
They argued that the documents are subject to public view under Connecticut law and common law and added that much of the information has already leaked, albeit anonymously, to the media.
Clark was an animal technician at the lab, where Le was conducting research for her doctorate in pharmacology.
According to leaks from anonymous officials, Clark's DNA matched crime scene evidence, he had defensive marks on his body, he sent a message to Le the day of her disappearance and electronic-lock records show he was the last person in the basement lab where she was last seen.
Not everything in Clark's arrest warrant was made public. Judge Ronald D. Fasano of Superior Court ruled information he judged to be inflammatory, irrelevant and invasive be blacked out.
Both the prosecution and Clark's defense team opposed the release, though neither apparently appealed Fasano's Nov. 6 ruling, according to a state court spokeswoman.
"We respect the judge's decision and we can't comment any further," one of Clark's public defenders, Beth Merkin, told Newsday.
Sources said the Sept. 8 disappearance of Le, 24, from Yale's Amistad lab building was first investigated as a runaway bride case because she went missing just five days before she was to marry a Huntington man at a ceremony in Syosset. Her body was found behind a wall on Sept. 13, her wedding day. An autopsy showed she was strangled on the day she was reported missing.
Since his arrest on a murder charge, Clark has been jailed at the high-security MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution South Suffield, Conn., on $3 million bond.
Clark has not entered a plea, but his attorney says he will plead not guilty. His next court date is Dec. 21.
Yale University has established a scholarship in Le's honor.