Clark’s lawyers to seek release of his car

A judge is expected to decide today whether a car owned by Raymond Clark III and seized by police in September will be returned to Clark’s family, said Joseph Lopez, one of Clark’s lawyers.

According to warrants released in December, police discovered a pair of bloody white Converse sneakers, stained hospital scrubs and a dark garbage bag in the red 2000 Ford Mustang, shared by Clark — who pleaded not guilty in January to the murder of Annie Le GRD ’13 — and his fiancee, Jennifer Hromadka. Now, the defense has asked the judge to order police to return the Mustang because they say the car contains no evidence linking Clark to a crime, Lopez said.

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Clark’s family is suffering “undue hardship” because one of Clark’s family members, whom Lopez declined to name, co-signed a loan in order for Clark to buy the car and has to make monthly payments on the loan, according to the request.

Lopez said he thinks New Haven Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano will likely return the car tomorrow, but he said he does not know which family member will receive it.

“We don’t believe there is anything that has been found or connected to that car that has anything to do with the allegations,” Lopez said.

John Waddock, the state prosecutor handling the case, did not respond to an e-mail request Tuesday night for comment about Clark’s car.

According to the defense’s request, police seized the car outside Clark’s apartment in Middletown, Conn., on Sept. 16, the day before Clark’s arrest.

Sometime during the investigation in the fall semester, police also seized a car belonging to Clark’s mother, Diane. Fasano ruled in January that the car could be returned to Diane Clark with the condition that, if necessary, the prosecution could submit the vehicle as secondary evidence during a trial. According to court documents, Clark entered his mother’s car on Sept. 8 after leaving 10 Amistad St., where Le’s body was found. During the investigation, the car was searched and police found bloodstained evidence.

New Haven-based criminal defense attorney David Grudberg ’82 said requests to return seized cars are not unusual.

In addition to the hearing on the car, the prosecution and defense will meet with Fasano in private today to discuss how the case is going.

Clark himself will be at the courthouse today to meet with his lawyers, Lopez said, though he declined to comment on what they will discuss. The defense has not yet decided whether Clark will appear in public, Lopez said.

Waddock said he would not comment on what business might be conducted on the record today.

Clark is being held on a $3 million bond at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, Conn.


  • Annie’s friend

    “We don’t believe there is anything that has been found or connected to that car that has anything to do with the allegations,” Lopez said.

    Please tell me I am reading this incorrectly. What I thought this statement meant is that nothing they found in the car is believed to have anything to do with his murder charges? Like bloody materials don’t implicate murder? I’m confused. Maybe this guy really is as big an idiot as I thought he was.

    anyways, I don’t mind Clark’s family’s “hardships”. They should be happy to make sacrifices so that justice can be brought to a young, bright, innocent girl that someone that they raised took away from us. I would silently let the system do what they need out of extreme guilt and shame, if I were them. But I guess I am biased.

  • BKW

    Why is it that we have against lost sight of “innocent until proven guilty”?

    If you’ve ever had you car searched by the police you’ll know they can literally rip it apartment and not put it back together “in the interest of justice” regardless of whether there was a crime.

  • to brian k woods

    enough of your liberal bull. He’s guilty. Get over it. I would rather you pay respects to Annie’s memory and her family than defend this guilty scum. Shame on you.

  • BKW

    Yes, shame on those who defend the rights of other. How dare I?

    At least some of us understand how important it is to defend the foundational principles of a democratic society, especially when it is politically hazardous to do so.

    On a related note, I think that is the first time I’ve ever been called a liberal at Yale. Really?