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The former MIT graduate student being held on $20million bond after he allegedly shot and killed a Yale graduate student and leading authorities in a four-month pursuit last year is expected to appear in court this week after the case continued several times.
Qinxuan Pan, a longtime Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher from China, is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 26-year-old Kevin Jiang on February 6, 2021, in New Haven, Connecticut.
More than a year and a half later after the brutal slaying, Pan is due for a murder charge Tuesday, according to the Connecticut Judiciary Branch’s online filing.
Judge Gerald Harmon is expected to either hold a probable cause hearing or move forward with the case after granting multiple defense requests to delay the case to allow time to review the evidence.
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Pan has not pleaded guilty to murder and the motive for the murder remains unclear.
Jiang, who served in the US Army and National Guard, grew up in Chicago before attending the University of Washington and eventually coming to Yale to pursue a graduate degree in environmental studies. He was described by friends and family as a devout Christian and had proposed to Zion Perry just a week before he was murdered. Perry previously attended MIT’s undergraduate and was pictured at a college dance with Pan in 2020.
The two were reportedly friends on Facebook, where Perry had posted about the engagement, but no other connection is known.
On the day of the murder, Pan allegedly stole a GMC Terrain by taking it for a test drive at a car dealership in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and never returning. Police arrived at Pan’s home in Malden, Massachusetts, to search for the vehicle, but his mother told officers he had changed his cell phone number and that law enforcement had attended the home. her on several occasions in the past for “mental illness issues”.
Supposedly pan crossed state borders, and the stolen vehicle had to be towed from the railroad tracks in North Haven, Connecticut, shortly after Jiang’s reported shooting in nearby New Haven. The police first questioned Pan, but he was gone by the time they returned to the motel where he was staying.
Originally named a person of interest in Jiang’s murder, Pan was formally charged with murder on February 26, 2021, through a warrant issued by the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office. But months would pass with no sign of the Shanghai-born US citizen.
The US Marshals Service said Pan was spotted early in the morning on February 11, 2021, driving with family members in Brookhaven or Duluth, Georgia. But afterward, he was basically in the wind, and the Marshals Service declared a “nationwide manhunt” on March 1, 2021.
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An Interpol “Red Notice” was then issued for Pan for murder and robbery.
He was eventually arrested in Birmingham, Alabama on May 14, 2021, in a rented apartment under a false name and in possession of $19,000 in cash, seven cell phones, seven SIM cards and his father’s passport. Prosecutors have argued that his family’s financial resources make him a flight risk.