NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge on Tuesday delayed a review of the $20 million bond set for a man accused of killing a Yale graduate student, citing a state Supreme Court order to another judge to explain why the bail is so high.
A bail hearing for Qinxuan Pan was scheduled for Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court, but Judge Gerald Harmon pushed it back to July 28. At the request of Pan’s lawyer, the Supreme Court on June 29 ordered Judge Brian Fischer to explain by this Thursday why he set bail at $20 million.
Pan, who was a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MIT graduate, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Kevin Jiang on a New Haven street on Feb. 6.
Pan’s lawyer, William Gerace, has called the bail amount “a record” in the state that has the same effect as an order denying bail. He has said bail of about $1 million would be appropriate.
Prosecutors had asked for bail to be set at $50 million, saying Pan’s family is wealthy and he is a flight risk. Pan eluded authorities for three months before being arrested in Alabama with $19,000 in cash, his father’s passport and several cellphones, police said.
Jiang, 26, an Army veteran who grew up in Chicago and was engaged to be married, was a graduate student at Yale’s School of the Environment. He was shot multiple times at close range shortly after leaving the apartment of his fiancee, Zion Perry.
Police have not disclosed a motive for the shooting.
Perry and Pan had met while they both attended MIT, but Perry told authorities they never had a romantic or sexual relationship, according to court documents. Perry said she and Pan were just friends, but she believed Pan was interested in her romantically, the documents say.
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