Accused testifies about night her parents were shot

Jennifer Pan is accused of ordering a hit on her parents.

Jennifer Pan is accused of ordering a hit on her parents.

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:38 AM ET

NEWMARKET, Ont. -- Cue the tears.

At last, the defining moment for Jennifer Pan, the daughter accused of coldly orchestrating a staged home invasion that left her mom dead and very nearly took her dad's life as well.

Accused of putting a contract out on her parents so she could claim her inheritance and finally be with the lover her father had forbidden her to see, Pan has denied it all on the witness stand while trying to answer the pivotal question: Why was she the only family member home that night to emerge unscathed from the violent robbery?

She had a lot of explaining to do.

There was something very stilted about her testimony Thursday -- though to be fair, the 28-year-old has told this story many times, including a version during her third police interview that ended with the incredulous investigator placing her under arrest for murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Also charged and pleading not guilty are former boyfriend Daniel Wong, Lenford Crawford, Eric Carty and David Mylvaganam.

Pan has surprisingly admitted paying a hitman $1,500 to murder her strict father but insisted that when he disappeared with her money, she changed her plan and decided to have herself killed instead. She said a man she knew as "Homeboy" -- but who the Crown alleges is Crawford -- agreed to arrange her murder for $10,000. When she called it off in October 2010, he wanted an $8,500 cancellation fee.

Which brings us to that fateful Nov. 8, 2010, when Pan says the flurry of more than 100 texts and calls to Wong and Homeboy and another friend was about getting the cash she owed, not to finalize the fake home invasion, as the Crown has alleged.

That evening, she said she received several calls from an unknown number demanding to know if she had the money yet. "Did you think anyone was coming to your house?" asked defence lawyer Paul Cooper.

"I thought they were just putting the pressure to get the money," she replied.


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