The Yale lab worker accused in the slaying of Annie Le could be convicted of murder even if he didn't mean for her to die, under a new charge added Tuesday.
The worker, Raymond J. Clark III, had already been charged with intentional murder in the Sept. 8 death of Le, a Yale doctoral student found five days later, hidden behind a wall on what was to be her wedding day on Long Island.
The new charge, felony murder, calls for a conviction if a death occurs while certain felonies are being committed, such as rape and violent assault - even if the person didn't intend for the victim to die.
Clark, who turns 25 Thursday, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to all charges. The case is due back in court March 3. He is being held on $3 million bond.
Police have said Le, 24, of Placerville, Calif., was a victim of workplace violence, but have offered no motive. Clark was an animal lab technician in the building where Le did experiments for her doctorate. DNA evidence has linked Clark to the slaying, according to warrants in the case.