Yale Coed Killer Sentenced in Murder of Annie Le
Annie Le of Placerville Disappeared Five Days Before Her Wedding Date
Security escorts Raymond Clark III (Left) for arraignment (Getty Image)
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Timeline Of The Annie Le Case
Sep. 21: New Haven Police Chief James Lewis announces that police have wrapped up their investigation of the slaying of Annie Le. Police are not expecting more arrests.
Sep. 18: Annie Le's body is sent home to California. Her family prepares for her funeral service at Holy Trinity Church in El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Sep. 17: Police arrest Raymond Clark III at a Cromwell motel and charged him with murdering Yale graduate student Annie Le.
Sep. 16: Police release Raymond Clark III, 24, a Yale University lab technician, after detaining him to acquire DNA samples. The medical examiner's office says Annie Le died from "traumatic asphyxiation due to neck compression."
Sep. 15: Police enter Clark's Middletown apartment at 10:16 p.m. and detain him.
Sep. 14: The medical examiner's office identifies the remains as Yale graduate student Annie Le. Yale holds a candlelight vigil.
Sep. 13: Human remains are found in the Yale medical building at 10 Amistad St. on the day Le was scheduled to be married.
Sep. 12: Investigators recover bloody clothing discovered above a ceiling tile. They also search a trash facility in Hartford.
Sep. 11: Yale offers a $10,000 reward for information leading to Le's whereabouts.
Sep. 8: Le was last recorded entering the medical building at 10 a.m. Le's roommate later reports her missing.
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Raymond Clark IIIwas accused of strangling 24-year-old Annie Le, of Placerville, Calif., in September, five days before her planned wedding.
In court Thursday, prosecutors described injuries to the victim and evidence of attempted sexual assault.
Le was strangled to death.
She had a broken jaw and collarbone, the prosecution said.
Clark's DNA was "all over" the crime scene, including in her underwear, the state charged.
Four days after her disappearance, Le's body was found stuffed behind a research lab wall on the day she was supposed be married on Long Island.
Clark, 26, admitted the facts as the prosecution presented them, but pleaded guilty under a legal precedent that allows him to do so while still officially protesting his innocence.
He entered Judge Roland Fasano's packed courtroom handcuffed, winking at his father as he walked in.
His handcuffs were removed for the proceedings.
"This is not the Ray we know," Clark's father said tearfully outside the court after the hearing.
"I want you to know Ray has expressed remorse from the beginning," he added, saying how difficult it was "to imagine your child did the unthinkable."
"My family and I send deepest sympathy to the Le family," said Clark's father, also called Raymond.
Clark pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine, which allows a defendant to assert that he is innocent but plead guilty when he "intelligently concludes that his interests require a guilty plea and the record strongly evidences guilt."
Clark had pleaded not guilty in January 2010.
Le was pursuing a doctorate in pharmacology at Yale when she went missing September 8, 2009.
She had planned to marry Columbia graduate student Jonathan Widawsky on the day her body was found.
Clark was not a Yale student but had worked as a lab technician at the university since 2004, after graduating from high school. He lived with his girlfriend, who also is a Yale lab technician, according to police.
A Yale faculty member described Clark's job as maintaining colonies for animals used in research.