Girlfriend of Yale Lab Tech Denied Affair

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The fiancee of a man considered a person of interest in the killing of a female Yale graduate student dismissed allegations in blog entries last year that he was having an affair, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

"He is a bit naive, doesn't always use the best judgement, definitely is not the best judge of character but, he is a good guy," Jennifer Hromadka, 23, wrote of her boyfriend, Raymond Clark III, who police took into custody Tuesday.

No charges were filed against Clark, 24, in Middletown, but police took him into custody while searching for DNA and other physical evidence. Police said Clark would be released after they obtain evidence they need from him and his Middletown apartment.

Clark was handcuffed and escorted out of the apartment building in Middletown and into a silver car. Neighbors leaned over the apartment building's iron railings and cheered as police led him away. CBS affiliate WFSB reported that 18 FBI agents went into the apartment just after 10 p.m.

New Haven Police Chief James Lewis described Clark as a person of interest, not a suspect, in the death of 24-year-old Annie Le, whose body was found Sunday, the day she was to be married. He said police were hoping to compare DNA taken from Clark's hair, fingernails and saliva to more than 150 pieces of evidence collected from the crime scene. That evidence may also be compared at a state lab with DNA samples given voluntarily from other people with access to the crime scene.

"We're going to narrow this down," Lewis said. "We're going to do this as quickly as we can."

Both Clark and Hromadka work at the Yale Animal Resources Center, reports CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston.

Other entries in Hromadka's blog include:

"My boyfriend, Ray, if you don't know him, has no interest in any of the other girls at [the university research center] as anything more than friends.

"This rumor of a 'fling' is probably the most stupid thing i have ever heard and really is not even worth going into detail about.

"Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I'm not perfect and I don't live to be, but before you start pointing fingers make sure your hands are clean!!"
The Post reports the couple has plans to marry in 2011.

More from the Crimesider blog on the investigation into Annie Le's murder

Will Suspect be Charged Today in Yale Student Annie Le Murder Case? Not Likely, Say Police
Police Close in on Killer
Yale Says Goodbye to Annie Le at Candlelight Vigil
Annie Le Suspect Failed Polygraph, Says Police Source
Photos: Student Found Dead on Wedding Day

More on the Annie Le investigation at CBSNews.com

"The Early Show:" Yale 'Unnerved' By Murder
Yale Student's Slaying an Inside Job?
Cops: Yale Student Killing Not Random Act
Tragic Find In Search for Yale Student
"The Early Show:" Yale Student's Body Found
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