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Appeal Court orders new trial for Jennifer Pan in ‘murder-for-hire’ plot

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The Ontario Court of Appeal has mandated a retrial for a Toronto woman who had been found guilty of committing a contract killing against her parents.

In 2015, Jennifer Pan – aged 28 at the time – was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 25 years, for committing first-degree murder and attempting to murder her parents during a 2010 attack. The attack resulted in the death of her mother and her father being left with a grave head injury.

Her ex-partner, Daniel Wong, as well as Lenford Crawford and David Mylvaganam, were all found guilty on the same criminal counts.

On Friday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ordered brand new trials for Pan and the three men after they filed an appeal due to their first-degree murder convictions.

“It’s a very important day,” Stephanie DiGiuseppe, one of the lawyers who represented Pan in the appeal, said in an interview with CBC News. “Her fight is not over.” 

DiGiuseppe stated that the decision is a turning point in Pan’s efforts to clear her name.

The court declared that the judge in the trial had made a mistake by proposing solely two possible situations related to the assault- one in which killing both parents was the aim, and the other where the parents were killed while the criminals were carrying out a break-in.

“Because the jury was deprived all of the available options, the conviction is not safe,” DiGiuseppe said.

The Court of Appeals determined that the trial judge should have presented the jury with alternate verdicts of second-degree murder and manslaughter in regards to the death of Pan’s mother.

The court denied the attempted murder convictions’ appeals.

DiGiuseppe stated they are still in the process of figuring out if they want to appeal the decision that confirmed Pan’s guilt for attempting murder. She also mentioned that they don’t know when such a new trial would take place.

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