Serial: An Examination of the Prosecution’s Evidence Against Adnan Syed | The View From LL2
Police charged Adnan with Hae's murder after his friend Jay, a former Jay sees red, because Hae is threatening his relationship, and he. There was no physical evidence linking Adnan to Hae's murder. When asked if Syed had a relationship with Hae Min Lee, Syed replied in a. Now, it's possible that Adnan is still guilty of Hae's murder, and that the state . Bias exists when there is a “relationship between a party and a.
I spoke to Mr. Syed and he advised me that, ah, he did see the victim in school that day, and that um, he was supposed to get a ride home from the victim, but he got detained at school and she just got tired of waiting and left Episode 2. Adnan says this was incorrect because he drives his own car to school. This leaves us with three possibilities: If Adnan did ask Hae for a ride on January 13th, that alone is not significant evidence.
Since Jay had his car, Adnan might have just wanted to get a ride to the On the other hand, if Adnan asked for a ride and later lied about it — that could be very significant. But just to make this all the more confusing, here is what else we know. Inez, who ran the concession stand at the school, says that she saw Hae at around 2: And then we have Jay. Jay, as usual, tells us a lot of things on this subject, but unfortunately none of those things are consistent.
In his first interview, Jay says the following about why Adnan gives him his car that day: Why does he give you his car?
Um so I could finish doing, while he was in school and what. Um, he said to me that he was going to ah, tell her his car was broken down and ah, ask her for a ride. And that was, and that was it, that. And the reason you have the car and the cell phone was why?
To pick him up from wherever he was gonna do this at. He hethat day he told me yes. Did Jay did Adnan give Jay his car so that he could tell Hae it was broken down, or did Adnan give Jay his car so that Jay could pick him up later?
So his answers in the second interview are useful for showing one thing only: And in any event, by the time we get to trial, Jay has totally discarded the story about Adnan telling Hae his car was broken down. It is just not part of the story. Jay claims the whole conversation on January 12th never even occurred in the first place. Because if Adnan did tell Officer Adcock that he had asked Hae for a ride that day, why on earth does Jay not remember this?
Because Jay clearly remembers the phone call with Officer Adcock, but he does not recall anything about Adnan having asked for a ride. When a police officer called him on the phone, do you recall what time that was? Did he tell you he was talking to a police officer? Did he tell you what that conversation was about? And by the time of the second interview, Jay has this to say: How how do you know Adnan got a call from the Police Department?
And at that time I started panicking. Were you inside the apartment or outside the apartment. We were stepping from the foyer into the hallway.
Okay do you recall what kind of statements he made to t he police? Um, I knew them to be totally false, he told them he had no knowledge of were she was.
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Said that, find inaudible, go over that again. During the pre, pre-interview you said um, maybe you wanna try her new boyfriend that she may be with him? And also that he and ah, [Hae and Adnan] had been broken up for awhile? You also said that she may have just ran off and also told them that he may wanna check with some of her friends?
Because the evidence we have right now points in too many directions; it is hard to conclude which factual scenario is most likely. Surely Becky would have thought that was important information to tell someone, but her police statement was dated April 9th, nearly three months later. If these statements came only months later, is it possible that they are conflating two events that happened on different days?
Or could it be possible that their memories are conflated with some kind of memory of Hae asking Adnan for a ride? Perhaps Adnan had also given Hae a ride from school to pick up her car after it had been fixed? But without the transcripts or corresponding police records, I am not sure what to make of it. Is it possible Officer Adcock confused Adnan with someone else he talked to that day? While evidence that Adnan asked for a ride from Hae could have been useful to the prosecution as evidence as to how Adnan may have been able to accomplish the crime, the very existence of that evidence also has the effect of completely undercutting their case.
If he is planning to kill her after school, it will be immediately obvious to all of their friends who was with her last.
The fact that he publicly asked for a ride from Hae is by far stronger evidence that he did not have any plans to kill her. He had to know that would be a red flag; it is inexplicable why he would voluntarily disclose that fact to a cop who was simply calling around to ask if anyone had seen Hae.
And if Adnan did, for some bizarre reason, admit this fact to an officer, why would he change his story later and claim he did not? The lie that he asked for a ride is far, far more damaging to his case than the fact of him asking ever could be. So why would a guilty Adnan have intentionally changed his story on this point? So how can Adnan asking for a ride be evidence of his guilt, when that same evidence that shows he asked for a ride also establishes that he did not actually get a ride with her at the end of the day?
So that leaves the prosecution with two options. Brief of Appellant at No one who saw Adnan at track has suggested that he was acting bizarrely or out of character that day, and even Jenn says that Adnan was completely, utterly normal when she encountered him later that night. The first two calls are for a little less than a minute, the third call is the longest four minutes, fifteen seconds. That was likely Officer Adcock.
So maybe Aisha called Adnan at 6: I think we can all stipulate that Adnan was super stoned. He told me he had weed in the car and was worried the cops were going to find it if they came to talk to him.
What am I gonna say? What am I supposed to say? So he sits away from the group. He tells them he has no knowledge were she is. Because this argument fits perfectly when applied to Jay.
Here is how Cathy describe Jay and Adnan that night: Cathy thought Jay was acting odd as well. She knew him as this super laid back stoner guy, like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. But now he was being conspicuously chatty. The story Cathy is telling is pretty close to what she told the cops during the investigation. She told him back then, she remembered Adnan saying only one thing to the group: So weirdly, in fact, that she became convinced something was very wrong: Think of it as a title, capitalized, The Nisha Call.
Between noon and five pm that day, there are seven outgoing calls on the log, six of them are to people Jay knows, the seventh is to Nisha, someone only Adnan knew. But The Nisha Call happens at 3: Smack in the middle of the afternoon.
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The prosecution makes much of this call at closing, and I can see why. It is also the same tower and antenna that the two previous calls had been routed through. What time of day did that occur? He just asked me how I was doing, et cetera. But their gym, lockers, parking, was down in the magnet wing. And I found that to be a bit of a slap in the face. Because I knew football had paid for all of that, but there were few football players down there.
Football paid for everything at the school. When was the first time you hung out with Adnan? I met him while I was still at Woodlawn, so around I made him smoke one time, he got a little high, got a little weird. Adnan worked as an emergency medical technician, not a paramedic. He was a little pompous, a little arrogant, but he seemed really driven as far as his academics, but all those magnet students were. He seemed a little bit more uptight than the other Muslim kids that I knew.
When did you two get closer to each other? There was never a real friendship. I only smoked with him two or three times.
I might have sat next to him in a class, and joked or something. What did you know about Adnan and his relationship with Hae Min Lee? I think there was another dude or something, or whatever. How do you remember Hae? For our age group, she was really independent. I believe she had a job also. But she seemed to be more mature, like she was two, three, four years older than us. Like she was a junior in college. The way she moved and went about her day.
She just seemed like an older chick who happened to be in high school. When did he first talk to you about hurting her? It was at least a week before she died, when he found out she was either cheating on him or leaving him. We were in the car, we were riding, smoking. He just started opening up.
He might really have just been bullshitting at the time. What do you think? From the way he carried himself, at least, it looked like he had never lost anything before. And it was really hard for him to deal with being on the losing end. In that situation, he was the loser. She got a new boyfriend? And the other thing about it, I mean, there looked like there was real hurt and pain. Later, he will say that Jay called him to pick him up at Best Buy, just as Jenn had said originally.
He says he lied about the location because he figured there were cameras at Best Buy turns out there were none and that someone had seen the murder go down, and that he was afraid because he was associated.
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How does this even make sense? Why does that guy keep changing his story?The voice of Hae Min Lee - Serial podcast
This episode deals mainly with the cell tower log and is perhaps the most intricate and technical episode so far. It seems highly likely that the cellphone was in Leakin Park at that time. This banter between Koenig and Chivis: Yes, I told some lies, but I told the truth. Overall, I told the truth. Dana, the cellphone expert guy Nagging questions: Could Adnan really have gotten from Woodlawn to Best Buy and committed murder by strangulation between 2: Jay says the call happened around or 3: But what about the entire day before?
If he was innocent why was Adnan's cellphone in Leakin Park that night? The combo package of the Nisha call and the Leakin Park cell tower do not look so good.
Maybe Adnan actually did it? Koenig investigates everything else that looks bad for Adnan. But later she speaks to the neighbor boy and he denies the whole story and says he has never seen a dead body. What am I gonna say? What am I supposed to say? And so I start to doubt him, I talk to him and talk to him, and I start to doubt my doubts.
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