Adnan Syed: Guilty or Innocent?

Deciding the guilt or innocence of one’s actions may sound easy, but it’s not. Making the decision takes much investigating that could take months to solve.  The issue about investigations is that it puts much stress on the victim and their family and also the offender and their family. The offender could be innocent and have to deal with media bashing against them during the time of the investigation and after. The victim or their family may have to deal with the pressure of the offender being on the loose or media bashing as well if the offender is found innocent, depending on the case.

The first episode of the Serial podcast didn’t explain enough about the investigation of

Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee
Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed, 1999.

the case. I am aware that more episodes of the Serial podcast exist, which would give me a better conclusion about Adnan Syed’s guilt or innocence. Adnan is serving a life sentence for the last 15 years do to the murder of high school student, Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan in 1999.


Majority of the statements in the first episode of the Serial podcast were given from Adnan’s friend, Jay. He testifies that Adnan killed Hae during the day, showed him the body, and they both buried her together. I don’t believe one person’s statement concludes that it’s true and Adnan is guilty. Adnan and Jay could have had some differences about something that could have led up to Jay lying about Adnan’s actions. Throughout the podcast, Jay seems to recap the day of Hae’s murder clear as day, although it happened one month prior to finding the body. The way Jay recaps what happened that day almost seems as if he had planned out the cover up. I believe Adnan responded in a reasonable way saying that he didn’t recall what had happened prior to the murder. Who would remember what you did one month ago, down to the hour? Maybe someone who is lying.

After listening to the 12th episode of the Serial podcast, Jay’s actions after Hae’s body was found seemed as if he was afraid of what he had done.  Jay seems as if he wanted to clear his name as quick as possible to distract the police from the investigation being around him. The testimony from Josh, Jay’s co-worker, seems more reliable than Chris’s testimony, one of Jay’s friends.  The likelihood of a story that is told by a co-worker who isn’t very close being true, is more reliable than a story from the a possible offenders best friend.

The overall case is difficult to follow because the stories aren’t organized. There are many stories and lies where things don’t add up. Jay’s actions, feelings, and testimonies seem very suspicious towards the murder of Hae Min Lee. The investigation is very confusing because if they had spent 15 years trying to figure out whether Adnan is guilty or innocent, why wouldn’t they test the DNA to begin with?  There doesn’t seem like enough big evidence towards Adnan’s guilt and the podcast revolves a lot around Jay and what he was doing that night and after the body was found. What I don’t understand about this podcast is why they force a 17 year old to a life sentence without enough evidence to say he is guilty? In my opinion, I believe Adnan Syed is innocent of the murder of Hae Min Lee.


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