The last search warrant in the case of case of Raymond Clark III, the man who in January pleaded not guilty to the September murder of Annie Le GRD ’13, will likely be made public in the coming weeks.
New Haven Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano said at a brief hearing Wednesday that he plans to “apply the same reasoning and the same standards” to the unsealing of the final warrant as he did in unsealing the other warrants in the case, which were made public in November and December, and that he plans to redact portions of the remaining warrant.
Within a few weeks, Fasano will file a memorandum calling for the documents to be unsealed, and the unsealed portions of the warrant will be held for three days afterward before being released in order to allow for an appeal.
The warrant was issued after Clark’s Sept. 17 arrest, one of Clark’s lawyers, Joseph Lopez, said Tuesday.
Neither Lopez nor Clark’s other lawyer, Beth Merkin, was present at the hearing Wednesday, but public defender Tejas Bhatt appeared on their behalf.
Search and seizure warrants released in early December showed that bloodstains were found in Clark’s apartment and the arrest warrant affidavit released in November revealed that bloody items of clothing and DNA evidence led to Clark’s arrest.
Lopez said Tuesday that he does not think the information in the final warrant will be surprising.
At the Jan. 26 hearing when Clark pleaded not guilty, a new charge of felony murder was added, meaning jurors could convict Clark if they conclude Le’s death was unintentional but occurred in the process of committing another felony, such as rape or kidnapping.
Clark is currently being held on a $3 million bond at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, Conn. His next pre-trial court date is scheduled for April 7.