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September 18th, 2009
12:29 PM ET

Chief: Yale slaying an instance of 'workplace violence'

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New Haven Police Chief James Lewis on Thursday described the killing of Yale graduate student Annie Le as an instance of "workplace violence," but he did not elaborate.

Raymond J. Clark III, 24, has been charged with Le's murder and bond has been set at $3 million, Lewis told reporters at a news conference.

Thursday morning, police arrested the Yale lab technician in the strangulation of Le, whose body was found in the wall of an off-campus research building.

While the motive is still unclear, Lewis said police do not consider the killing a domestic crime and are treating it as the result of "workplace violence."

Lewis said there are growing numbers of incidents throughout the country "where things occur in a work environment among employees," Lewis said. "And sometimes it's difficult to tell."

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  1. Jen, NYC

    One guess as to a possible motive for this horrific crime: if cleaning mouse cages was his job, then he was probably the one accountable for keeping them clean. So, if she didn't clean her cages, maybe he was afraid he would be reprimanded, or maybe he already had been, and blamed her? If he was a control freak and felt his job was in jeopardy because of her, that could be a possible motive.

    September 18, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  2. Heather,ca

    How can her murder be "workplace violence". She was a graduate student. The monster that killed her was employed at the lab. He strangled her in some way. That was personal. Normal workplace violence usually involves a gun or something to do with work.

    September 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm |