'Hartford Courant' Seeking Documents in Yale Murder Case

By: Joe Strupp The Hartford (Conn.) Courant is seeking access to court documents that have been sealed from public view in the case against a Yale lab technician accused of killing a graduate student, the paper reported Tuesday.

Raymond Clark III, the lab technician, is accused of killing 24-year-old Yale graduate student Annie Le in the case that has drawn national attention.

Attorneys for the Courant Tuesday planned to file a motion in Superior Court to intervene, which would counter an earlier request from Clark's lawyers to extend a seal on the arrest warrant affidavit, the paper reports. It adds that that document contains information that led police to arrest Clark in connection with Le's strangulation.

Le's body was found Sept. 13 in a research building that is part of the Yale School of Medicine complex where both Clark and Le worked, the paper stated.

Paul R. Guggina, the Courant's attorney, said disclosures that DNA evidence helped link the suspect to the crime could help the newspaper in its bid to gain access to the warrant.

"If the affidavit says there's a DNA match and it's already been publicized, how can you logically argue that disclosing that fact is going to hurt someone's fair-trial rights if it's already been disclosed?" he said in the story.

Check out the Courant's report, here.


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