annie le murder suspect appears in court

Raymond Clark III, the former Yale University lab technician charged with strangling graduate student Annie Le and stuffing her body behind a laboratory wall, appeared in New Haven Superior Court today but did not enter a plea to murder: Former Yale lab tech appears in court; hearing set.

The judge scheduled a probable cause hearing for October 20, in which sides will have the right to introduce evidence and call witnesses. Under Connecticut law, defendants accused of murder have the right to the hearing within 60 days of their arrest to decide if the case will go forward.

Under state law, defendants charged with crimes punishable by death or life in prison do not enter a plea before a judge determines there is probable cause to believe they committed the crime. Defendants may waive their right to a probable cause hearing.

Clark's lawyers say he eventually will plead not guilty after they decide whether to waive his right to a probably cause hearing. The judge said he will also consider at that hearing whether to extend a sealing order on the police arrest affidavit in the case.

Police still haven't talked about a motive in the killing, largely because Clark hasn't talked to authorities. Investigators and Yale officials have called Le's death a case of "workplace violence," but haven't elaborated.

Multiple sources have said that Clark, whose duties included cleaning mouse cages and the floors of the laboratory, was extremely controlling over the lab and its mice. Which I guess makes him sound more like a crazy killer...

But am I the only one who still thinks there's more to this murder than just an unstable guy and his lab mice?

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