Lawyer: Yale killing suspect plans to plead guilty Thursday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - An animal research technician chargedwith killing a Yale University graduate student days before herwedding on Long Island plans to plead guilty Thursday, his attorney said. Public defender Joseph Lopez said Raymond Clark III, who wascharged with strangling 24-year-old Annie Le of Placerville,Calif., would plead guilty in New Haven Superior Court. Lopez wouldnot specify the charges, but said it was part of a plea deal. "We anticipate a change of plea on Thursday," Lopez saidTuesday. "This appears to be in the best interests of ourclient." Prosecutor John Waddock said there was a "substantiallikelihood" of a change of plea Thursday. He declined furthercomment. Le's body was found stuffed behind a research lab wall on theday she was supposed to get married in September 2009. Le and her fiance, Jonathan Widawsky, planned to marry in Syosset and honeymoon in Greece. Instead, family andfriends held a memorial service later that month where Le wasremembered for her academic success, sense of humor, ambition, lovefor shoe shopping and love for her fiance. Le was a doctoral pharmacology student who worked on a team thatexperimented on mice as part of research into enzymes that couldhave implications for treatment of cancer, diabetes and musculardystrophy. Clark was a high school baseball and football player whoseduties included cleaning mouse cages and the floors of the lab. The 26-year-old Clark, who has been in prison on $3 millionbail, has pleaded not guilty to murder and felony murder. Murderand felony murder each carry a sentence of 25 to 60 years inprison. Police have said a green-ink pen under Le's body had her bloodand Clark's DNA on it. Police said Clark signed into the securebuilding with a green pen the day Le disappeared. Authorities have said they took plastic door panels andcarpeting with "blood-like stains" from the car in which Clarkwas riding in the hours after Le's disappearance. They had also said DNA from Le and Clark was on a bloody sockfound hidden in a ceiling.AP wire services contributed to this report

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