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Media frenzy over Yale murder draws criticism

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(Read caption) Raymond Clark III (c.) is arraigned at Superior Court in New Haven, Conn. on Thursday, in connection with the murder of Annie Le, a Yale graduate student whose body was found stuffed inside a lab wall Sunday.

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The murder of Yale graduate student Annie Le continued to draw extensive media coverage early Friday, one day after police arrested lab technician Raymond Clark III and a judge set his bail at $3 million.

Some New Haven commentators have begun to criticize the outsize attention surrounding Ms. Le’s death, while Yale officials are trying to allay safety concerns it has triggered among students.

Police charged Mr. Clark with Le’s murder after his DNA was found in the wall of a Yale building where her body was found stashed last Sunday.

Clark, who worked in the building, attempted to hide lab-cleaning equipment spattered with blood even as investigators were interviewing employees and students in the lab. That, combined with the DNA match, wounds on his body, and computer records showing he was the last person to see Le alive, led to Clark’s arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police have not revealed a supposed motive for the crime, which they have referred to as an incidence of “workplace violence,” not urban crime.


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