NORRISTOWN — A Bucks County woman suffered six gunshot wounds as she sat in her car at a stoplight at a Lansdale intersection, according to testimony at the trial of two men charged in a fatal drive-by shooting.
“There were a total of six gunshot wounds and two gunshot wounds. Two shots passed through vital parts of the body. There were multiple penetrating and perforating wounds,” medical examiner Dr. Khalil Wardak testified Tuesday in Montgomery County District Court as he presented the autopsy results on Ebony Sequita Pack’s body.
Wardak testified that Puck, 30, of Feasterville, Bucks County, was shot in the chest, abdomen, shoulder and thigh, and that bullets went through her heart, lungs and liver. Wardak said that during the autopsy, he found two projectiles from Pak’s body. Wardak, testifying on the second day of the murder trial of Chong Ling Dan and Ricky G. Vance, ruled that Pack’s death was caused by multiple gunshot wounds and that the manner of death was determined to be homicide.
As two images of Puck’s wounded body were briefly shown to the jury on a large projection screen, several of Puck’s relatives and friends broke down in tears. One woman left the courtroom and she could be heard crying in grief outside the courtroom, the images were too much for her.
One female jury member wiped tears from her eyes during the emotional moment.
Judge William R. Carpenter warned jurors that the photos were “disgusting” and ordered them not to let the images “stir up your emotions” to the detriment of the defendants.
County Detective Edward Schickel testified that he processed the crime scene at East Hancock Street and Church Road and found a total of 10 spent shell casings at the intersection. Jurors also viewed photographs of multiple bullet wounds to the driver’s side of Pac’s Nissan Sentra.
During the trial, prosecutors Brianna Ringwood and Lindsey Mills argued that Dan and Vance played key roles in the murder of Puck on November 28, 2020, characterizing it as a “murder for hire” plot. Prosecutors argued that while the evidence is circumstantial, conspiracy can only be proven by circumstantial evidence.
Dan, 50, of the 3000 block of North Lambert Street in Philadelphia, is accused of plotting the fatal slaying of Puck, who was his ex-girlfriend’s new love. In addition to charges of first and third degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, Dan faces a charge of incitement to commit murder.
Vance, 54, of the 2400 block of North 31st Street in Philadelphia, who allegedly drove the Cadillac involved in the drive-by shooting, faces charges of first- and third-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, which shall not store or transfer firearms and instruments of crime.
In the indictment, prosecutors alleged that Dan and Vance conspired with another man, Terence M. Marche, to kill Puck.
Marche, 48, of Valley Forge Circle in the King of Prussia section of Upper Merion, the alleged gunman who prosecutors say was a passenger in Vance’s Cadillac, has been charged in the killing and remains wanted by authorities.
Attorney John I. McMahon Jr., who represents Vance, argued that Vance was not driving the Cadillac at the time of the alleged murder, had allowed Mark to borrow his car the night of the murder and “had no idea of any murder. .” McMahon revealed that Vance will testify during the trial.
Attorney Guy Sciola II, who represents Dan along with attorneys Brian J. McMonagle and Pantelis Polividas, argued that the prosecution’s evidence was based on witnesses who lied and circumstantial evidence that could not be trusted. Shiola argued that Dan had no motive to kill Puck and that the prosecution’s case was based on “circumstantial suspicion.”
Detectives say Peck was heading to the nearby residence of her girlfriend, Jasmine Stokes, and was followed from the Bensalem entrance to the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the Lansdale intersection, where she was shot by Marche, who was a passenger in a Cadillac owned by Vance.
The investigation revealed that Deng had previously been involved in a relationship with Stokes, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors alleged that Stokes ended her relationship with Dan in July 2020, when she began dating Puck. At the time, Stokes kept $19,000 for Dan, and when they broke up, Dan demanded the money back, according to prosecutors and testimony. According to testimony, Stokes returned $10,000 and spent the remaining $9,000.
When Stokes testified Monday, she told Sciola that she spent the money on “whatever she wanted.”
Stokes told detectives that Dan stalked and abused her between July 2020 and the fatal shooting, and she told detectives that Dan made disparaging comments about Puck.
“It wasn’t a money problem, it was a jealousy problem,” Stokes testified.
Stokes claimed that during a meeting in August 2020, Dan told her, “I’m going to fix her,” allegedly referring to Peck, according to court documents.
Defense attorneys have suggested that Stokes gave contradictory statements to detectives during the investigation and that her testimony cannot be trusted.
Detectives’ alleged cell phone records showed that Dan, Vance and Marke were together before the murder in the area of the West Mount Airy residence, where Dan frequented.
After Vance was arrested in April 2021, Marche traveled to Honduras, where he allegedly met with Dan, who later told others that Marche was “missing,” according to the criminal complaint. Dan later returned to Philadelphia without Marche, authorities allege.
The investigation began at 9:59 p.m. Nov. 28 when Lansdale police were dispatched to a vehicle accident and reports of shots fired in the area of East Hancock Street and Church Road, according to a criminal complaint filed by County Detective John Wittenberger and Lansdale Detectives. Joseph Gary. Arriving officers found a Nissan Sentra with multiple bullets and the engine still running at a light on the northwest corner of the intersection with an unresponsive package in the driver’s seat.
Peck was taken to Jefferson Health Abington-Lansdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:24 p.m.
Detectives obtained surveillance video from a camera located in the 400 block of East Hancock Street that showed Pack’s vehicle traveling westbound on East Hancock Street while being followed by a second vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit.
At 9:56 p.m., Pack’s vehicle stopped at a red light at the intersection with Church Road, and seconds later a second vehicle pulled up next to the driver’s side door of Pack’s vehicle, according to surveillance video. The second vehicle then left and drove south on Church Road.
“Meanwhile, the victim’s vehicle slowly rolls through the intersection to where it came to a stop against the standard of lighting. . . . They were the only two vehicles in the intersection at the time of the shooting,” Wittenberger and Gary argued in the criminal complaint.
Pennsylvania State Police conducted a forensic analysis of Vance’s vehicle, and that analysis showed particles indicating gunshot residue on the passenger side of the Cadillac, consistent with images captured on surveillance video of the fatal shooting, detectives said.
“This evidence is consistent with Ricky Vance’s Cadillac pulling up next to the victim’s vehicle and the passenger in Vance’s Cadillac firing shots as shown on surveillance video from the North Penn School District building,” detectives said in court filings.