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The fiancée of Connecticut The doctoral student, shot dead in February, said she suspected the accused killer “was interested in her” when they visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) together, according to recently released police papers.
Kevin Jiang, 26, had gunshot wounds to the head, chest and extremities when he was found in New Haven on February 6, according to an arrest warrant for Qinxuan Pan, the man charged with the murder of Jian. Pan was arrested in Alabama last month.
After his arrest, a judge set Pan’s bail at $ 20 million. His lawyer, William Gerace, has requested a reduction in the amount. When asked to comment on the court documents, Gerace told The Associated Press, “Mr. Pan is believed to be innocent.”
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Jiang, a graduate of Yale University and United States Army Veteran, had spent the February day fishing with his fiancée Zion Perry. Jiang had just left her New Haven home when he was gunned down. Perry told authorities that she heard gunfire but did not think of Jiang because she believed he had already left the area.
In the 96 pages of the police documents, the authorities said audio and video surveillance recordings showed that Jiang got out of his car after a collision and approached a vehicle behind him. The sound of gunshots can then be heard, according to the documents.
Police met Pan a short time later in nearby North Haven, where they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle and discovered 2015 GMC terrain. The responding officers described how the vehicle Pan was driving “got stuck on the train tracks.”
Pan told them the car was rented but could not produce any documents to prove it. The police discovered that the vehicle had been reported lost or stolen and had it towed in order to subsequently confiscate it, the documents say. The tow truck driver then took Pan to a nearby Best Western motel.
But police let Pan go at the time because they were first told by a New Haven dispatcher that the shooting suspect was Black – a mistake that, according to the New Haven Independent, wasn’t corrected until more than an hour after officers in North Haven Pan had met.
Authorities said Pan disappeared after she was taken to the motel, which police discovered when they were looking for him the next day. They went looking for him after workers in a restaurant next door reported that they had found a bag outside with a gun, ammunition, license plates and a briefcase. One of the officers realized that the bags had been in Pan’s car the day before.
An analysis by the authorities revealed that the shell casings found near Jiang’s body were unrelated to the weapon found by restaurant workers.
Investigators found that Pan and Perry were connected through social media and had met during MIT.
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Perry told authorities she met Pan through Christian group events in 2019 when she was a student and he was in graduate school according to documents.
“They talked at these events and she invited him to other events to welcome him,” police papers said. “They never had a romantic relationship and they were just friends.”
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The documents added, “She felt that he was interested in her during this time.”
The documents did not describe how authorities found Pan in Alabama, where prosecutors said he rented an apartment under a false name and was found with $ 19,000 in cash, his father’s passport and several cell phones.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.