Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Loose Ends Remain in Case of Woman Convicted of Ordering Hit on Parents

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Loose Ends Remain in Case of Woman Convicted of Ordering Hit on Parents

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Loose ends remain after verdict in Pan murder


NEWMARKET, Ont. - The investigation into the slaying of a Toronto-area woman and wounding of her husband continues even after their daughter and three accomplices were convicted of first-degree murder in the assassination plot this weekend.

Police are still seeking one of the three men who allegedly took part in the Nov. 8, 2010 attack that killed Jennifer Pan's mother and left her father on the brink of death from a bullet to the head.

A jury in Newmarket, north of Toronto, found Saturday that Pan, 28, was the mastermind behind the hit, which was disguised as a robbery. She was also convicted of attempted murder.

Pan's co-accused -- Lenford Crawford, David Mylvaganam and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Daniel Wong -- were found guilty of the same charges. All four face an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Prosecutors said during trial that neither Wong nor Crawford were at the Pan home that night, but acted as middle-men for her and the men who carried out the killing.

Mylvaganam was alleged to be among the intruders, as was a fifth co-accused, Eric Carty, who will be tried separately after his lawyer fell ill.

York Regional Police Det. William Courtice, who leads the investigation, said it's rare to have perpetrators still on the loose after their accomplices are caught and put on trial.

Police have been working to bring the remaining culprit to justice, he said.

"Although there are persons of interest in this investigation, to date, there is a lack of evidence to bring the third person before the courts," he told The Canadian Press.

"Ideally, police would prefer all persons involved in homicides are brought before the courts simultaneously," he said.

"However, often persons remain unidentified until further evidence presents itself over time. Investigations continue in spite of the matter being before the courts with other accused."

It's unclear who shot Pan's mother and father, though all three intruders were allegedly armed with guns. Mylvaganam's lawyer told the court his client wasn't inside the house, nor did he shoot anyone. …

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