NORRISTOWN — The man prosecutors say was driving the Cadillac involved in the fatal shooting of a Bucks County woman as she sat at a stoplight in a Lansdale intersection denied any involvement or knowledge of the killing when questioned by detectives. , according to court testimony.

“Do you know who killed Ebony Puck in Lansdale?” Montgomery County Detective John Wittenberger asked Ricky G. Vance during a videotaped Feb. 11, 2021, interview that was played for jurors Wednesday.

“No, sir,” Vance replied.

“Were you involved in killing the Ebony Pack?” Wittenberger continued.

“No, sir,” Vance replied. “I don’t know about murder.”

During the taped interview, Vance also denied ever driving his car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County, where prosecutors say the Cadillac was seen behind Pack’s car shortly before the fatal shooting on Nov. 28, 2020. Vance also said he couldn’t remember lending his car to anyone that night, adding, “I have a bad memory.”

That taped statement partially contradicted what Vance now claims at trial — that he allowed another man, Terence Marke, who prosecutors alleged was the triggerman and a passenger in Vance’s car, to borrow the Cadillac the night of the murder. According to the affidavit, Vance never mentioned to detectives during the February 2021 interview that he loaned his car to Marque.

During the trial, attorney John I. McMahon Jr., who represents Vance, argued to the jury that Vance “had no idea of ​​any murder” and indicated that Vance would testify during the trial.

Believing he had an alibi, Vance also initially told detectives he had attended an event, a boxing match party, at a friend’s house in Philadelphia on the night of November 28. However, that friend, Nate Fisher, testified for the prosecution on Wednesday that Vance did not attend that party, but had attended a previous one on October 31.

Jurors appeared interested as Vance’s nearly 80-minute interview was played on the third day of the trial in which Vance and co-defendant Chong Ling Dan are accused of playing key roles in Park’s murder. Prosecutors Brianna Ringwood and Lindsey Mills described the killing as a “murder for hire” plot.

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.

Chong Ling Dan, accused of masterminding the fatal murder of a Lansdale woman, is escorted from a Montgomery County courtroom by sheriff’s deputies during a break in the trial. (Photo by Carl Hessler Jr.)

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.

Along with the charges, prosecutors alleged that Dan and Vance conspired with 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.

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 Wittenberger and Lansdale Detective 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.

Park was taken to Abington-Lonsdale Jefferson Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:24 p.m. A subsequent autopsy revealed that Peck died of multiple gunshot wounds, and the death was ruled a homicide.

Detectives combing the scene found 10 spent 9mm shell casings and broken glass on East Hancock Street, just east of Church Road, according to court documents. Investigators determined that Pack’s vehicle traveled 93 feet from where the cluster of spent shell casings and broken glass were found to where it struck the light standard.

Detectives also obtained surveillance video from a camera located in the 400 block of East Hancock Street that showed Pack’s vehicle driving west on East Hancock Street, followed by a second vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit. Detectives say at 9:56 p.m. Puck’s car stopped at a red light at the intersection with Church Road, and seconds later a second car pulled up next to the driver’s side door of Puck’s car. 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.

Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and watching a dark sedan, believed to be a Cadillac, drive south on Church Road at a high rate of speed.

During the investigation, detectives interviewed a woman identified as Pack’s girlfriend, who said she began dating Pack in July 2020 and that Pack drove to her home in Lansdale every night between 9pm and 10pm. Puck’s girlfriend was Dan’s ex-girlfriend.

Detectives traced the route Park traveled that evening from her mother’s residence in Feasterville to the Lansdale-area residence of a woman she was in a relationship with.

Through Pennsylvania Turnpike records and surveillance, detectives determined that Peck entered the turnpike at Bensalem Square at 9:27 p.m. and exited at Fort Washington Square at 9:42 p.m. At both points, her car was followed by a dark-colored, counterfeit Cadillac. paper Delaware registration tags, authorities allege.

“Your car is over there. That’s indisputable,” Wittenberger asked Vance during a February 2021 interview, asking him to explain that fact.

“Nothing happened to my car. I swear to God, I don’t know about any murders,” Vance answered during the first interview.

Detectives determined the vehicle seen behind Puck belonged to Vance, according to arrest affidavits.

“The information provided by Vance in his interview is contradicted by evidence collected by detectives during this investigation. His denial that he ever drove his vehicle on the road is clearly disproved by the footage of Vance’s black Cadillac entering and exiting a Pennsylvania road directly behind the Ebony Pack,” Wittenberger and Gary allege in the arrest affidavit.

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.

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