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Jun 3, 2011 12:03 PM by Associated Press (JM)

Yale lab tech faces sentencing for killing student

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A 26-year-old former animal research technician faces sentencing for killing a Yale graduate student days before her wedding.

Raymond Clark III is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in New Haven Superior Court. Clark pleaded guilty in March to murder and the attempted sexual assault of 24-year-old Annie Le of Placerville, Calif., under an agreement with prosecutors that calls for a 44-year sentence. The sexual assault plea was entered under Connecticut's Alford
doctrine, where the defendant doesn't agree to the facts, but agrees the state has enough evidence to get a conviction.

Le's body was found behind a lab wall on Sept. 13, 2009, five days after she was last seen inside the medical building. It would have been her wedding day. Le's mother and Clark's relatives are expected to speak.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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