This afternoon a judge will likely unseal the last search warrant in the investigation into Yale lab technician Raymond Clark III, who pleaded not guilty in January to the murder of Annie Le GRD ’13, one of Clark’s lawyers said Tuesday, even though a motion has been filed to keep the warrants sealed.
The lawyer, Joseph Lopez, declined to comment on the warrant’s contents because it is sealed, but said he does not think it will contain any surprising information.
“I don’t think it’s been kept [sealed] longer than the others because of any great surprises,” Lopez said. “There’s not anything particularly unusual about it. It’s just more of the same.”
The search and seizure warrant in question was issued after Clark was arrested on Sept. 17, Lopez said.
David Grudberg ’82, a New Haven-based criminal defense attorney, said a warrant sought after an arrest does not indicate anything specifically about the contents.
“All it indicates is that the state’s investigation was ongoing and that they sought to obtain evidence from other sources that perhaps they did not have time to pursue before obtaining the arrest warrant,” Grudberg said.
If New Haven Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano lifts the seal, it is likely he will redact some information, Lopez said, as he did with warrants that were unsealed in November and December. Fasano ruled in November that most of the warrants should be unsealed because most of the information they contained had already been seen by the public and was unlikely to bias a potential jury pool.
The search-and-seizure warrants released in early December revealed that police found blood stains in Clark’s apartment, and the arrest warrant affidavit released Nov. 13 showed that bloody items of clothing and DNA evidence led to Clark’s arrest.
State prosecutor John Waddock, who is handling the case, could not be reached for comment. New Haven State’s Attorney Michael Dearington declined to comment.
Clark will not appear in court today because his attorneys did not feel his presence was necessary, Lopez said.
It is not uncommon for a defendant not to appear in court if details that don’t require his or her presence or immediate consultation are going to be discussed, Grudberg said.
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.