- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 17, 2009

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A lab technician was charged Thursday in the killing of Yale University graduate student Annie Le.

Raymond A. Clark III was taken into custody at a motel several towns from Yale’s New Haven campus, according to New Haven police Officer Joseph Avery. Mr. Clark later appeared in court and was ordered held on $3 million bond.

The arrest comes nine days after Ms. Le, a 24-year-old who studied at the same research laboratory where Mr. Clark worked, was reported missing. Her body was found Sunday — the day she was to be married — hidden in a wall in the basement of the research facility.

New Haven police Chief James Lewis described the case Thursday morning as an example of “workplace violence.”

“Annie Le was a young woman with unlimited potential,” Chief Lewis told reporters during a press conference. “It’s important to note this is not about urban crime. It’s not about university crime, it’s not about domestic crime but an issue of workplace violence, which is becoming a growing concern around the country.”

Chief Lewis declined to explain his remarks further, and an arrest warrant outlining the charges against Mr. Clark remains sealed.

Police described Mr. Clark as “a person of interest” in the case before his arrest.

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