Adnan Syed Case Analysis

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Adnan Syed was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Hae Min Lee, and sentenced to life in prison plus thirty years on February 25, 2000. But this story started a year earlier, when Hae Min Lee went missing on January 13, 1999. Her disappearance turned into a murder investigation when her strangled body was found February 9, buried in a shallow grave in Leakin Park, Baltimore. This case wasn’t a big news back then, but it was reignited when Serial’s host Sarah Koenig meticulously evaluated the case during a 12-part podcast series in 2014. Since then, it has been exposed the weakness of the state’s case. There are many elements and inconsistencies in his prosecution. First, the prosecutor based the case
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It is suspicious, how Jay remembered every detail about that day, he had an alibi with his best friend Jen, the afternoon the crime was committed. He also carefully cleaned up and destroyed all the evidence that connected him with the crime, like his clothes, boots and shovels (Season One). Curiously, the police didn’t see him as a suspect, even though Jen testimony contradicted Jay at the time and location when she supposedly picked him up and helped him get rid of the clothing (Season One). According to the state Adnan Syed was a premeditated and cold blood killer, though if this is true, why he didn’t have an alibi, why he didn’t remember anything about that day. Why he trusted an acquaintance drug supplier about Hae’s murder. A cold blooded killer would methodically calculate his steps, and would be careful to not leave any evidence behind, even less likely to leave a witness of his crime. Furthermore, “while Syed has managed to keep his nose clean over the last 17 years, Wilds' credibility is marred by an extensive criminal record, including disturbing allegations of violence against women." (McDonell). Also, “In 2006, Wilds was charged with second-degree assault after his then-girlfriend claimed Wilds had "beaten her with his hands" (McDonell). Additionally, “In late 2009, Wilds was involved in three separate domestic incidents involving another girlfriend, …according to the police report, when the victim tried to call 911, Wilds strangled her to keep her from screaming… the woman confirmed that Wilds had strangled her with both hands”

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