My verdict is Adnan Syed is innocent of the murder of Hae Min Lee. I reached this verdict after analyzing the evidence and determining that there was a reasonable doubt that he committed the murder. The following pieces of evidence showed he was not linked to the crime: The first piece of evidence talks about the lack of physical proof.
When someone is innocent, they aren’t blamed for a crime, and when someone is guilty, they are blamed. So, would Adnan Syed be innocent or guilty, for being accused of murdering Hae Min Lee? The podcast Serial is narrated by Sarah Koenig, which is about a man named Adnan Syed who was put in jail for “killing” a woman named Hae Mine Lee. Adnan’s ex-friend, Jay, accused and turned in Adnan into the police, stating that Adnan killed Hae. Because of this, Adnan was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life. After investigating the case, it is clear that Adnan is innocent because he had a good relationship with Hae after the breakup, he was a good student, and there was no trace of Adnan that showed he killed Hae.
Adnan Syed is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, and various factors present him as a very likely suspect. Information put together by the state don’t add up, but instead prove he is innocent. Is Adnan guilty or innocent for his ex-girlfriend’s death? In the Serial Podcast, journalist Sarah Koenig discusses the case, committed almost seventeen years ago, and uncovers new evidence that indicates Adnan’s innocence. Adnan Syed has been viewed as a boyfriend, honor roll student, and a murderer. Many described him as a smart, flirtatious, and a likable high schooler. On January 13, 1999, his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, was murdered. Investigators immediately assumed Adnan as the primary suspect because Hae had broken up with him, a month
Adnan Syed was a well respected student among his high school, but was accused for the murder of his past girlfriend, Hae. Do you think he is guilty or innocent? Serial, narrated by Sarah Koenig, investigates a case about a murder on January 13, 1999 located in Baltimore, Maryland. A high schooler named Hae Min Lee was found 2-3 weeks later after her disappearance in Leakin Park by the maintenance worker Mr. S, who managed to see her when he went into the park to “urinate”. Before that, Jay, Adnan’s ex-best friend, was recorded and put on Serial about how Adnan told him that he was going to murder Hae at what time, and what place Jay’s morals were then questioned when asked why he failed to forewarn Hae.Jay’s story might’ve been true, but
Seventeen years ago, a girl went missing, then a body was uncovered. What chain of events had occurred in order to compose this crime? As presented and narrated by Sarah Koenig, the Serial podcast informs readers on the murder of a highschool girl. The year was 1999 and Hae Min Lee, the victim of the crime, was found strangled and buried in Leakin Park. Adnan Syed, Hae’s ex boyfriend, was deemed the main suspect responsible for her death. Supposedly, his motive was jealousy and anger caused after Hae had broken up with him in exchange for the companionship of her co worker, Don. Although this wasn’t the case, according to Adnan and other people who knew him. Yet Adnan was still tried as guilty, and the foundation for that case was the information
Adnan expresses, “No way did I, and I’m pretty sure they didn’t either, imagine that she would turn up, dead, murdered, her body would be found.” (ep. 9). According to Adnan, when he found out that Hae’s dead body was found he didn’t believe it. When he found out, he actually called the police to tell them there had to be a miscalculation and that they got the wrong person. Adnan was genuinely sorrowful and perplexed when he was told that Hae was dead. In all likelihood, if he would have killed her, he he wouldn’t have expressed the emotions and actions he did. “I understood they were asking questions, but not that they actually thought that I killed Hae.” (ep.9). Adnan goes on to say that the day he got arrested, he didn’t even consider himself to be a possible suspect for murdering Hae. On account of Adnan not thinking the police were at his house to arrest him for this crime shows how the only thing he had tied to this case was that he was Hae’s most recent
The day of Hae Min Lee’s disappearance, Asia, a girl that Hae and Adnan went to school with, wrote a letter to Adnan after he was convicted. This letter stated that she saw and talked to him at the library after school at the time Hae was murdered. In Asia’s affidavit, it wrote that when she left the library at 2:40, Adnan was still there. Hae Min Lee died at 2:36, so it wouldn't be possible for Adnan to be the murderer. People are saying that Asia “made up a lie” to help Adnan’s case. I don’t believe this is true because Asia wasn’t even friends with Hae or Adnan. If she wasn’t close to them, it wouldn’t give her a motive to help Adnan’s case.
He has a lot of girls!’” (Episode 2: The Breakup p. 37). When someone is going around dating other people, it is apparent that they have moved on with their lives. If this is true about Adnan, he couldn’t have been the one to commit the crime, as people who trust that he is guilty are convinced that his main motive for killing Hae was because he was broken-hearted. This next quotation is from the part of the story when Koenig was discussing matters on the phone with a former schoolmate of Adnan’s, Asia McClain, who is yet another important person in the case. McClain was talking about a conversation she had had with Adnan while she was waiting to be picked up from the library. “And he told me that him and Hae had broke up. And I was like, oh, well, that 's a bummer. And I was like, what happened? And he was like, oh, well, she is seeing this other guy, some white dude, but he was pretty chill about it. He was just like, you know, well, if she doesn 't want to be with me, then that 's fine. I just wish the best for her-- that kind of attitude.” (Episode 1: The Alibi p. 24). In the words of McClain, “...but he was pretty chill about it.” What she meant by this was that Adnan didn’t overreact about he and Hae splitting, because if he did, it would show that he was irate with the fact that his relationship with her ended. Adnan did not show any signs of jealousy or anger towards Hae, thus proving that he didn’t have a motive to kill her.
In fact there is no evidence tying him to the crime at all except a few fingerprints and a handprint in Hae Min Lee’s car which means that Syed was at some point in her car. This mean nothing because of how often they hung out together while they were dating and afterwards. Even after the break up both Syed and Lee were still good friends (Episode 1). When law enforcement discovered the body they also found two pieces of evidence next to the body, an empty bottle of alcohol and a piece of rope; they didn't test those two for any DNA evidence (Episode 3). Also supposedly there was shovels Wilds and Syed used to dig the grave for Lee but, both shovels were never recovered along with their soiled clothing that they had on that day from the graves dirt. Wilds threw away the evidence away behind West View mall. “She dives Jay back to Eastview Mall to the dumpsters back there so that Jay can Retrieve the shovels and wipe the handles clean of fingerprints” (Episode 4). The whole ordeal with evidence is almost sketchy seeing how little solid physical evidence the state have against Syed .Proving the state's case was weak there was one person that could disprove that Syed left with Wilds to kill Lee; that person is Asia McLean. McLean in fact wrote Syed notes saying she saw Syed and talked to him in the library at the same time the murder was suppose to take place. No attorney contacted McLean
One piece of evidence that supports this theory is the fact that Jay had Adnan’s phone. During the timeframe of the murder a number of calls were made from Adnan’s phone to different people. All these calls made were only to people that Jay knew himself. Jay was in possession of Adnan’s phone before, during and after the 21 minutes in which Hae was murdered. These calls were all in the area of the murder clearly shown by the cell phone tower map. Phone records show calls to and from Jen, one of Jays best friends from high school, who Adnan had only met once or twice whilst with Jay. It doesn’t add up that Adnan would call Jen more than once, before and after the murder if he didn’t know her.
Physical evidence was extremely lacking, and all DNA tests conducted were clear of Syed’s DNA. Therefore, it is more than likely that Syed is innocent. The evidence, or lack thereof, presented in the case of Adnan Syed v. State of Maryland proves that Adnan Syed is not guilty of the murder of Hae Min Lee.
On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee disappeared. She was a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County in Maryland. Born in South Korea, Hae Min Lee migrated to the United States along with her mother and brother to live with her grandparents. She played field hockey and lacrosse. At age 18, Hae Min Lee was reported missing by her family after she was supposed to pick up her little cousin from kindergarten around 3:15 PM and drop her home, but she never showed up. Weeks later on February 1, an anonymous call was made to the Baltimore County Police suggesting that Adnan Syed, Hae’s ex-boyfriend was responsible for her death. The investigation showed that although Lee had been dating Syed for the past year, they had recently broken up. Furthering
Although I believe adnan is guilty because he killed hae, some may argue he is innocent because he was a good kid. This reason makes sense because he volunteers to help the community. This part of the story is when adnan and his friends are going to say all of the good things he did. Most people in the community are saying that he was a great kid but he still did bad stuff in the low. This proves that he is innocent because most people knows adnan and most people are saying he was a good guy.
Most people don’t think adnan is guilty since there isn’t enough evidence . When you start to look at all the evidence and all the stories that were told it all truly comes back onto adnan. Adnan is guilty for the crime he did because he can’t recall where he was on current day, every speech he has given it falls back on him, and most of all adnan is in every evidence that anyone gives.
It is said that school ended at 2:15pm and that Hae was dead and in the trunk of her own car and at Best Buy by 2:36pm. Sarah and her producer rerouted the path from the school to Best Buy and said that it would be impossible to get from the school to Best Buy in twenty-one minutes (Ep. 5). There is a lot of traffic that time of day and the drive time is 18 minutes, only leaving 3 minutes to kill and hide the body. That means that 2 minutes of that time would be manual strangulation. It takes more than one minute to hide a body, therefore Adnan could not have committed the murder. A final piece of evidence in Adnan’s favor is that one of Hae’s friends remembers having a conversation with her at 2:36, and another friend remembers seeing Hae in the gym at 3:00 pm (Ep. 9). If these people saw and talked to Hae at these times, then it is impossible to Hae to have been dead, in the trunk of her car, at Best Buy, at 2:36 pm. The timeline does not add up, if this is the