NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Qinxuan Pan, the man arrested in connection to the death of a Yale graduate student in February, has been extradited back to Connecticut and will appear in New Haven Superior Court Thursday.
Pan was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama by U.S. Marshals on May 14, after being on the run for months. Investigators believe Pan shot Kevin Jiang to death on Feb. 6 in New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood.
“He was found in an apartment he was renting under a false name,” said State Prosecutor Stacey Miranda.
During Pan’s arraignment Thursday, Miranda laid out what the state believes happened and the steps taken to find him. She said he was found with $19,000 in cash, seven cell phones, and SIM cards, and his father’s passport and computer.
Miranda argued, with his national and international ties, he’s a flight risk and poses a threat to the community.
“The state requests a bond in the amount of $50-million,” said Miranda.
The judge ultimately set the bond at $20-million. In addition, the judge put a protective order on Zion Perry, Jiang’s fiancée who attended M.I.T. with Pan. Pan’s attorney, Bill Gerace, said they’ll most likely appeal that bond.
“It’s a record,” Gerace said outside of court. “An unofficial record, but it’s a record for bond in the state of Connecticut. I’m sure of it.”
While their time working together has been brief, Gerace had this to say about his client:
“Affable, engaging, pleasant, calm… just a delight to be with. I’ve had the gambit of criminal clients and he’s at the top for being a nice guy.”
News 8 also spoke with Jiang’s mother, following court. While the family didn’t wish to comment on Pan’s arraignment, they did say they’re grateful for the support they’ve received.
Pan is due back in court on June 1.