NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Qinxuan Pan, the Massachusetts man accused of killing a Yale graduate student and the eluding police for three months, was in court Tuesday.
Pan made another bid to lower his bond, which is currently $20-million and the highest bond in state history.
His attorney says Pan might as well be held without it because there’s no way he could pay that. The State Supreme Court wants the judge who set the amount to explain. The arraignment court now has two days to respond to the State Supreme court about why and if they are keeping the bond at $20 million.
Pan, a former MIT student, is facing federal murder and local larceny charges in the death of 26-year-old Kevin Jiang. He was killed in New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood back in February. At the time of the incident, Jiang was leaving his fiance Zion Perry’s home.
Witnesses describe seeing a black SUV in the area. Police found that vehicle and tracked it to Pan. Jiang’s DNA was reportedly found inside the vehicle.
Investigations led police to a nearby Best Western, missing him by just hours, but finding a gun, ammo, and several license plates. The murder weapon was not found.
U.S. Marshals tracked Pan’s parents to Georgia five days later. The parents said they got a call from Pan, saying he needed help, and they left Massachusetts to pick him up in Connecticut. Pan was not with his parents when the police found them.
A prosecutor said U.S. Marshals caught Pan in Alabama in May.
In a court document released on Friday, the court elaborated on the reasons for Pan’s record-breaking bond, including; a nationwide manhunt was conducted to find the defendant and at the time of his capture, the defendant held $ 19,000.00 in cash, seven cell phones, and seven different sim cards.
The document lists 15 reasons in total, stating:
In setting the bond this court considered all of the above including the defendant’s flight, the difficulty of his apprehension, the steps he took to avoid apprehension and his international and national ties. The court also considered his financial resources, possession of his father’s passport and the use of a fake name to evade capture. The court also considered the nature and circumstances of this murder in setting the bond.”
Authorities have not talked about a motive in the case. However, Perry told authorities that she knew Pan briefly while the two overlapped at MIT two years ago. They attended Christian group events and stayed in intermittent touch over social media, but nothing more.