Serial Timeline - Jan 13 1999 - A Work In Progress

Source: http://serialpodcast.org/maps/timelines-january-13-1999 and http://viewfromll2.com/

Known Events

School Out

1/13/1999 2:15 pm

Hae to pick up Cousin

1/13/1999 3:15 pm

"The Nisha Call"

13 Jan 1999 3:32 pm

Sunset

1/13/1999 5:05 pm

Detective calls AS

13 Jan 1999 6:24 pm

Jay’s Trial

Jay Shopping with Adnan at SS Mall

01/13/1999 11:45 AM - 01/13/1999 1:00 PM

Adnan arrives at Jay’s house. They go to Security Square Mall for about an hour and 15 minutes. On their way there, Adnan tells Jay he’s going to kill Hae.

Jay drops Adnan off at school and keeps Adnan’s cell phone and car

01/13/1999 1:05 PM


In court, the prosecutor asks Jay to look at the 12:07 p.m. call to Jenn’s house. Jay says he remembers making the call while he was driving to Jenn’s house from Woodlawn High School.

Jay goes to Jenn’s house

01/13/1999 1:15 PM


Jay goes to Jenn’s house. She’s not home, but Jay and her brother play video games for about 30 minutes.

Jay & Jenn’s brother go to mall

01/13/1999 1:45 PM

Jay says Adnan called the cell phone right before he and Jenn’s brother left for the mall. He says Adnan was calling to see where Jay was, but told Jay he wasn’t ready to be picked up yet. After the 12:43 call, the next incoming call on the call log is at 2:36 and it lasts five seconds.

Jay and Jenn’s brother return to Jenn’s house.

01/13/1999 1:46 PM - 01/13/1999 3:44 PM


Jay says Adnan called him after they got back from shopping, to see if the cell phone was turned on.

Adnan calls and asks Jay to pick him up at 3:45 p.m.

01/13/1999 1:46 PM - 01/13/1999 3:44 PM

Jenn gets home from work.

01/13/1999 1:46 PM - 01/13/1999 3:44 PM


Jenn testifies that she got home from work around 1:30 p.m., before Jay came over.

Jay leaves Jenn’s house to go to Jeff’s

01/13/1999 3:45 PM

Jay doesn’t hear from Adnan, so he leaves Jenn’s house to go to his friend Jeff’s.

As Jay is turning off Jeff’s street, Adnan calls Jay and asks him to get him at Best Buy.

01/13/1999 3:50 PM

Jeff wasn’t home. As Jay is turning off Jeff’s street, Adnan calls Jay and asks him to get him at Best Buy. In their closing statement, the prosecution contends that this was the 2:36 p.m. incoming call. But both Jay and Jenn say he left her house between 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Jay drives to Best Buy

01/13/1999 3:55 PM


Jay drives to Best Buy, where Adnan shows him Hae’s body in the trunk of her car.

Adnan and Jay ditch Hae’s car at the I-70 Park and Ride.

01/13/1999 4:10 PM


Adnan and Jay ditch Hae’s car at the I-70 Park and Ride.

Head towards Patrick’s then Forest Park

01/13/1999 4:20 PM

They drive towards Patrick’s house to try to buy weed. Patrick isn’t home, so they head to Forest Park to buy it.

Adnan calls Nisha, and Jay talks to her briefly.

01/13/1999 4:30 PM

In court, the prosecution asks Jay to identify this call to Nisha, which occurs at 3:32 p.m. on the call log. Jay says they were on Forest Park Ave. at the time, which is an area that isn’t covered by the cell tower the originates this call is L651 C

Jay calls Phil and Patrick.

01/13/1999 4:46 PM - 01/13/1999 4:57 PM

In court, Jay identifies these calls as occurring at 3:48 p.m. and 3:59 p.m. Jay says they were driving on Forest Park Ave. at the time, which is an area that isn’t covered by the cell tower that originates this call, L651A

Adnan and Jay buy weed near Forest Park Ave.

01/13/1999 4:57 PM

Adnan and Jay buy weed near Forest Park Ave.

Jay calls Jenn to see if “Cathy” is home.

01/13/1999 5:10 PM

Jay calls Jenn to see if “Cathy” is home.

Jay drops Adnan off for track practice.

01/13/1999 5:15 PM


Jay drops Adnan off for track practice.

Jay drives to “Cathy’s” house.

01/13/1999 5:30 PM


Jay drives to “Cathy’s” house.

Adnan calls Jay on the cell phone and asks Jay to pick him up from track practice.

01/13/1999 5:55 PM

Adnan calls Jay on the cell phone and asks Jay to pick him up from track practice.

Jay picks Adnan up from track practice.

01/13/1999 6:10 PM


Jay picks Adnan up from track practice.

Adnan meets Jay at McDonald’s.

01/13/1999 6:11 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM

Adnan meets Jay at McDonald’s.

Drive around for 45 minutes before going to Leakin Park.

01/13/1999 6:12 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM

They drive around for 45 minutes and finally arrive in Leakin Park.

Jay and Adnan bury Hae at Leakin Park

01/13/1999 6:13 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM


In court, Jay says that Jenn called Adnan’s cell phone while they were digging the hole. This call would have been the 7:09 p.m. incoming call. He also says Adnan received another phone call - the 7:16 p.m. incoming call on the call log - and that he spoke in Arabic during that call. The cell tower that originates these calls covers Leakin Park.

AS and Jay drive a while before ditching Hae’s car

01/13/1999 6:14 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM


Adnan and Jay drive around a while before ditching Hae’s car in a residential lot. In court, Jay identifies two phone calls - at 8:04 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. - that he made to Jenn’s pager while he and Adnan were on the way to Westview Mall, asking her to pick him up.

Adnan and Jay separately dump Hae’s things.

01/13/1999 6:15 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM

Adnan throws some of Hae’s things into a dumpster at Westview Mall and Jay throws the shovels into a dumpster behind Value City.

AS drops J. or Jen picks. WV mall to wipe prints w/ Jen

01/13/1999 6:16 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM


Adnan drops Jay off at home, or Jenn picks Jay up at the mall and takes him home. Jay changes his clothes and he and Jenn drive back to Westview Mall where he wipes his fingerprints off the shovels.

Jay & Jen drive to Super Fresh. Jay throws clothes in dumpster.

01/13/1999 6:17 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM

Jay and Jenn drive to Super Fresh where Jay throws his clothes in a dumpster. enn testifies that she drove Jay to get rid of his clothes the next day, not that night.

Jenn drives Jay to Stephanie’s

01/13/1999 6:18 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM

Jenn drives Jay to Stephanie’s house, where he gives Stephanie her birthday presents.

J & Jen spend the rest of the night at “Cathy’s” apt

01/13/1999 6:19 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM


Jay and Jenn spend the rest of the night at “Cathy’s” apartment.

Adnan and Jay go back to “Cathy’s” house.

01/13/1999 6:25 PM


Adnan and Jay go back to “Cathy’s” house. During this time, Jay says Adnan received two phone calls from Hae’s family and one from a police officer, all looking for Hae. There are three incoming calls on the call log - at 6:07 p.m., 6:09 p.m. and 6:24 p.m. - that could be these calls.

Adnan and Jay leave “Cathy’s” and drive to Jay’s house, where they get two shovels.

01/13/1999 6:50 PM

Adnan and Jay leave “Cathy’s” and drive to Jay’s house, where they get two shovels.

Adnan and Jay drive to the Park and Ride.

01/13/1999 7:15 PM

Adnan and Jay drive to the Park and Ride. Adnan gets in Hae’s car and tells Jay to wait for him at McDonald’s.

Jay gets back home for the night.

01/13/1999 11:00 PM

Jay gets back home for the night.

Jay - 1st Interview

Adnan and Jay go to WV Mall. AS tells J plans to kill Hae.

01/13/1999 11:45 AM - 01/13/1999 12:25 pM


Adnan arrives at Jay’s house. They go to Westview Mall and Adnan tells Jay that he’s going to kill Hae.

J drops AS to school. Keeps AS’s phone and car.

01/13/1999 12:30 PM


Jay drops Adnan off at school and keeps Adnan’s phone and car.

J goes to Jenn’s for about three hours.

01/13/1999 12:35 PM - 01/13/1999 3:35 PM


Jay goes to Jenn’s house and hangs out there for about three hours.

Jenn gets home from work.

Approx. 01/13/1999 12:45 PM


Jenn gets home from work.

AS calls J to meet him at a “strip” off Edmondson

01/13/1999 3:40 PM

Adnan calls Jay and tells Jay to meet him at a “strip” off Edmondson Ave.

At Edmondson, AS shows J Hae’s body in trunk of her car.

01/13/1999 4:00 PM


At the meeting point off Edmondson Ave., Adnan shows Jay Hae’s body in the trunk of her car.

AS and Jay ditch Hae’s car at the I-70 Park and Ride.

Approx. 01/13/1999 4:15 PM


Adnan and Jay ditch Hae’s car at the I-70 Park and Ride.

AS and J smoke at Patapsco for about 30 minutes.

Approx. 01/13/1999 4:29 PM - 01/13/1999 5:05 PM

Adnan and Jay smoke a blunt at Patapsco State Park. They stay there for about 30 minutes. Patapsco State Park is about a 20-minute drive from the Park and Ride and from Woodlawn High School.

Jay drops Adnan off at track practice and goes home.

01/13/1999 4:30 PM


Jay drops Adnan off at track practice and goes home.

AS calls Jay on cell to pick him up from practice.

01/13/1999 6:45 PM

Adnan calls Jay on the cell phone and asks Jay to pick him up from practice. At the trial, Adnan’s track coach says practice ran from about 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Jay and AS go to McDonald’s. Police call AS while eating, looking for Hae.

Approx. 01/13/1999 7:00 PM

Jay and Adnan go to McDonald’s. The police call Adnan while they’re eating, looking for Hae.

They leave McD’s, go to Jay’s house for a shovel and pick.

Approx. 01/13/1999 7:15 PM

They leave McDonald’s and go to Jay’s house for a shovel and pick.

Jay and Adnan return to the Park and Ride to retrieve Hae’s car.

Approx. 01/13/1999 7:30 PM

Jay and Adnan return to the Park and Ride to retrieve Hae’s car.

Driving around in separate vehicles

01/13/1999 7:35 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM

They drive around the area. Adnan is driving Hae’s car, Jay is driving Adnan’s car.

AS buries Hae in Leakin Park (30 mins)

01/13/1999 7:36 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM


IAdnan and Jay arrive at Leakin Park, and Adnan buries Hae’s body in the woods. Jay says it takes Adnan about a half an hour.

Drive both cars, find spot to ditch car

01/13/1999 7:37 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM


Adnan and Jay leave Leakin Park and drive around some more, until finally ditching Hae’s car in a residential lot.

AS dumps H’s items & shovel at WV Mall

01/13/1999 7:38 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM


Adnan throws Hae’s things and the shovel into a dumpster at Westview Mall.

Adnan and Jay go to 7-Eleven

01/13/1999 7:39 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM

Adnan and Jay go to 7-Eleven.

Adnan drops Jay off at home

01/13/1999 7:40 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM

Adnan drops Jay off at home.

J tells Jenn AS killed Hae

01/13/1999 7:41 PM - 01/13/1999 10:59 PM

Jay tells Jenn that Adnan killed Hae. Jenn told the detectives that she took Jay to throw his clothes out the next day.

Cell Tower Pings

L651A - Jay

13 Jan 1999 10:45 am - 13 Jan 1999 10:46 am


Adnan’s Story:

According to Adnan, he calls Jay from school, to make sure Jay remembered to get a birthday present for his girlfriend, Stephanie. Adnan and Stephanie are also close friends, and he did not want her to be upset if Jay forgot to get her something:

“I kind of had a feeling that maybe he didn’t get her a gift. And I had free periods during school. So it was not abnormal for me to leave school to go do something and then come back. So I went to his house. And I asked him, did you happen to get a present for Stephanie? He said no. So I said, if you want to, you can drop me back off to school. You can borrow my car. And you can go to the mall and get her a gift or whatever. Then just come pick me up after track practice that day.” (Episode 1.)

Jay’s Story:

According to Jay, Adnan went with Jay to get the gift for Stephanie:

“[I] went shopping with a friend of mine, an ex-friend of mine, Adnan. We had had a conversation. During the conversation he stated that he was going to kill that bitch, referring to Hae Lee. . . . We left the mall. I took him to school. I dropped him off in the back of the school. He went up to class. He left his cell phone in the car with me, told me he’d call me. I went back to my friend Jenn’s house and waited for him to call.” (Jay’s 3/15/99 Interview.)

Jay’s stories about what mall he and Adnan went to are not consistent, however, as he names two different locations:

“[W]e headed toward Westview mall. Um, we did a little shopping together.” (Jay’s 2/28/99 Interview.)

“We went to Security Square Mall.” (Jay’s 3/15/99 Interview.)

L688A - Jenn's Home

13 Jan 99 12:07 PM - 13 Jan 1999 12:08 pm

Explanatory Note: This call is likely a good example of the tower data not guaranteeing that a call was made/received from the area typically covered by the the tower/antenna it ends up being routed through. There is no reason for the 12:07 p.m. call to have been made in the shaded territory — it doesn’t fit any narratives, and no other calls are ever routed through L668. The most likely explanation is that the call was made within the territory typically covered by the tower directly to the west of L668, which is L651 – the Woodlawn tower.

Adnan’s Story:

It is not disputed that, sometime before noon that day, Adnan returned to school, letting Jay borrow his car and cell phone. Adnan says he did so to allow Jay to go buy a birthday present for Stephanie, who is also a close friend of Adnan’s.

Jay’s Story:

In his second interview, Jay tells the police that Adnan comes over and they go shopping for a birthday present for Stephanie. After a while, Jay says,

“We left the mall. I took him to school. I dropped him off in the back of the school. He went up to class. He left his cell phone in the car with me, told me he’d call me. I went back to my friend Jenn’s house and waited for him to call.” (Jay’s 3/15/99 Interview.)

At trial, Jay testified that:

On the way [back] to school, [Adnan] talked about his relationship with Hae, and said it was not going well. [Jay] testified that [Adnan] seemed hurt rather than angry. [Jay] then testified that [Adnan] said Hae made him mad and said, “I am going to kill that bitch.” [Adnan] told [Jay] he could drop [Adnan] off at school and take [Adnan’s] car as long as he picked [Adnan] up later. [Adnan] gave [Jay] [Adnan’s] cell phone so that he could call [Jay] when he was ready to be picked up.” (Appellant’s Brief at 7.)

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

This call indicates that Jay is not at Jenn’s house as of 12:07, as Jay would not have any reason to call “Jenn Home” if he were.

L652A - Jenn's Home

13 Jan 1999 12:41 pm - 13 Jan 1999 12:43 pm


Jay’s Story:

In his statements to the police, Jay says that after dropping Adnan off at school that day, he immediately went to his friend’s Jenn’s house. Jenn was not home, so he started playing video games with Jenn’s 15-year-old brother, Mark. Then, “a little while [later] his sister [Jenn] came in the house,” at approximately 12:45 p.m. (Int.1 at 5).

At trial, Jay’s story changed somewhat (perhaps to account for the fairly obvious fact he did not spend the whole afternoon at Jenn’s house, as he claimed in his first two police statements). He testified that, after dropping Adnan off at school, he called his friend Jenn at 12:07 p.m., and then “went to her home and played video games with Jen’s brother Mark for about 30 minutes. Jen[n] was not home. [Jay] then left with Mark to go back to the mall. . . [H]e and Mark returned to Mark’s house and Jen[n] was there.” (Appellant’s Brief at 7-8.)

There is no explanation for why Jenn’s 15-year-old brother was at home playing video games at noon on a Wednesday.

Jenn’s Story:

In her statement to the police, Jenn claimed that she arrived at her home first, and Jay showed up about an hour later:

“So want to say I got home probably between twelve-thirty and one and than I want to say that Jay got there probably between one and one-thirty, maybe as late a two, but I don’t want to… I don’t think it was that late. I think it was around one-thirty. So Jay gets there around one-thirty and we played video games, hang out.” (Jenn Int. at 6.)

Jenn says Jay later left her house sometime between 3:45 and 4:15 (Episode 4).

At trial, Jenn testified that on January 13, 1999, “[Jay] came over to her house in a tan car to hang out with her and her brother. [Jay] was acting different, not relaxed, and had a cell phone which was unusual. [Jay] said he was waiting for a call.” (Brief of Appellant at 12-13.)

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

The fact that Jay calls “Jenn Home” shows, once again, that Jay is not at Jenn’s house, as both Jay and Jenn claim. (The fact that Jenn and Jay disagree about whether Jay or Jenn arrived at Jenn’s home first further supports this.) Likewise, the fact this call pings a tower fives mile to the east of Jenn’s house, close to downtown Baltimore, also shows that Jay is not at Jenn’s during the time period from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (or that, if he was, Jenn and Jay are both telling complete fabrications about the circumstances of any visit).

L652A - Incoming

13 Jan 1999 12:43 pm - 13 Jan 1999 12:44 pm


What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Same as Call 3.

L651B - Incoming - Prosecution’s “Come-and-Get-Me” Call

13 Jan 1999 2:36 pm - 13 Jan 1999 2:37 pm


The Prosecution’s Story:

After Woodlawn let out at 2:15 p.m., Adnan caught a ride in Hae’s car, and then strangled her to death in the Best Parking Lot (“BBPL”). The prosecution then says that at 2:36 p.m., Adnan used a pay phone outside of Best Buy to call his cell phone (which Jay had), and Adnan told Jay to pick him up. Note: For various reasons, the prosecution’s theory of the 2:36 call is not likely to be correct. It is not based on the testimony of any witness, and cannot be squared by known timelines, but it is the only call the prosecution can identify that might have come from Adnan.

Adnan’s Story:

After school let out, he probably would have gone to the library and checked his e-mail, while waiting for track practice to start, which either begins at 3:30 (Episode 1), (Appellant’s Brief at 5); or at 4:00 p.m. (Episode 5).

Jay’s Stories (Four Versions):

In Jay’s first interview, on 2/28/99, Jay tells the police that he was at Jenn’s house from a little after noon until “Adnan called him about 3:45 p.m. saying ‘come pick me up.’” Jay explains that he went to pick Adnan up at a location 20 minutes away (marked above with an asterisk), “from off of Edmondson Avenue at a strip,” and that when Jay got there, Adnan “popped the trunk open,” revealing Hae’s body (Jay’s 2/28/99 Interview).

In Jay’s second interview, on 3/15/99, he says that when Adnan called Jay, Adnan told him that “that bitch is dead. Come and get me. I’m at Best Buy.” In the same interview, Jay explains why he lied about where he saw the body the first time:

Detective MacGillivary: “Why did you lie about the location?”

Jay: “Uh, I figured there was cameras there or somebody had spotted him doing what he was doing.” (Id.)

In Jay’s third interview, on 4/13/1999, Jay “told police that [Adnan] killed Hae in Patapsco State Park, and that [Adnan] paid him to help” (Brief of Appellant at 11).

Jay’s fourth story, which he tells his friend Chris, is that he was at a pool hall in Catonsville when Adnan called. Adnan then drove to the pool hall in Hae’s car, and that is where the “trunk pop” occurs.

Jay’s fifth story, which he tells his friend Tayyib, is that:

Jay told Tayib that Adnan had called Jay the day before asking for his help in the murder. Jay said his reply to Adnan was that he would not help in the killing of Hae, but he would help Adnan bury the body. Jay further went on to tell Tayib that he met Adnan on the day of the incident at a gas station w[h]ere Adnan showed Jay the body. (Comment on Tayyib’s Statement.)

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

The cell phone records show that, at 2:36 p.m., Jay was in vicinity of Hae’s last-known location. Because the phone records also show that Jay was not at Jenn’s house that afternoon (as he and Jenn claim), that leaves us with the following: (1) Jay was near Hae when she went missing, and (2) Jay has no alibi for where he was at the time.

Note: Jay’s explanation for why he lied about where the trunk pop occurred is completely nonsensical — or, at least, it is if you assume that Jay isn’t lying about everything else. Jay’s answer only makes sense if, in fact, that is the only question that Jay has actually answered truthfully. He’s telling the truth about why he lied.

Because the reason Jay lied about where Hae was murdered is that he was worried there might have been cameras at that location. And if the police checked those cameras, they would see that it had been Jay, not Adnan, who was in the parking lot with Hae. Hence, in Jay’s first statement, he gave the police a made up location, far away from Best Buy. But by the time of Jay’s second interview, he had learned that Jenn had told the police about where Hae had been killed, and that there were in fact no cameras at that location.

L651C - Incoming

13 Jan 1999 3:15 pm - 13 Jan 1999 3:16 pm


Jay Is Near Woodlawn at the Time of Hae’s Disappearance

The Prosecution’s Story:

After receiving a call from Adnan at 2:36 p.m., Jay picks up Adnan from the Best Buy Parking Lot. Adnan then shows him Hae’s body in the trunk of her car. They then leave, with Adnan driving Hae’s car and Jay driving Adnan’s car, and go to the I-70 Park’n’Ride (“I70PnR”), where Adnan ditches Hae’s car. Both Jay and Adnan get into Adnan’s car and drive away.

Adnan’s Story:

Adnan says he was still at Woodlawn or at the library, waiting for track practice to begin.

Jay’s and Jenn’s Stories:

Jay and Jenn both say, in their statements to the police, that Jay was still at her house at the time of this call; accordingly, Jay must still have had Adnan’s phone at the time of this call (Episode 4). At trial, Jenn changes her story, and says that Jay left her house at 3:00-3:30 p.m. (Brief of Appellant at 13).

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Whoever has the cell phone appears to have been at or near Woodlawn. There is no evidence as to whom the 3:15 p.m. call was from.

L651C - Jenn's Home

13 Jan 1999 3:21 pm - 13 Jan 1999 3:22 pm


Jay Is Still Near Woodlawn, Shortly After Hae’s Probable Time of Death

The Prosecution’s Story:

After ditching the car at the Park’n’Ride, “to hear Jay tell it, [he and Adnan] just kind of tool around Baltimore County together for a while as if nothing had happened— buy some weed, cruise around, make some calls. After a while, Jay drives Adnan back to Woodlawn High School.” (Episode 1.) While in Adnan’s car, with Adnan, Jay makes a call to Jenn to see if his weed dealer, Patrick, is at his home.

Adnan’s Story:

Adnan says he was still at Woodlawn or at the library, waiting for track practice to begin.

Jay’s Story:

In the ride-along with the police on March 18, 1999, Jay told the cops that, after ditching Hae’s car at the Park’n’Ride, he and Adnan wanted to find some weed, so he and Adnan called Jay’s friend Patrick to see if he could sell them any (Episode 5). However, the Patrick call doesn’t happen until forty minutes later, at 3:59 p.m. At trial, in order to explain this discrepancy, Jay testified that, after ditching Hae’s car at the Park’nRide, “he called Jenn [ ] first, at 3:21 to find out if Patrick was home” (Episode 5). When Jenn didn’t know where Patrick was, they then tried calling Patrick. (Note: none of Jay’s versions about what happened after leaving the Park’n’Ride can be reconciled with the rest of his story, because Jay also testified that he would have been at Jenn’s house until 3:45 p.m.)

Jenn’s Story:

Jenn testified that Jay would not have called her to find out where Patrick was, because “[t]hats just not a thing that would have happened” (Episode 5). This contradicts Jay’s story.

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Jay cannot be at Jenn’s home, as he and Jenn repeatedly told the police and testified at trial. The cell phone records show that the phone was near Woodlawn for the entire time of Hae’s probable abduction and/or murder, and that it was being used to call “Jenn Home” during this same time period. As Adnan has no reason to call Jenn, the call was almost certainly made by Jay. Jay’s police statements are also inconsistent with this call, as he told police during the 3/18/99 ride-along that after leaving the Park’n’Ride, he decided to call Patrick; Jay makes no mention of calling Jenn.

L651C - Nisha - “The Nisha Call”

13 Jan 1999 3:32 pm - 13 Jan 1999 3:35 pm


Explanatory Note: Of all the phone calls made on the day of Hae’s murder, this one is the hardest for all sides to explain. Because even though three people were involved in the call — Nisha, Jay, and Adnan — not a single one of them seems to remember this conversation taking place, at least not on the date and at the location shown in the cell phone records.

But because Nisha is only friends with Adnan, and because Jay has no apparent reason to call her if he is not with Adnan, this one is hands-down the worst evidence for Adnan’s case. If Adnan was at track, as he says, he could not have made this call. However, neither the prosecution, Jay, or Nisha have a plausible explanation for this call, either. Given that Nisha’s number was saved at the top of the list in Adnan’s cell phone, and given that Jay’s explanation for the call (as discussed below) does not appear to be true, this call casts doubt on Adnan’s case but is far from conclusive.

The Prosecution’s Story:

Adnan and Jay are in Adnan’s car, having ditched Hae’s car. Adnan calls Nisha, and then puts Jay on the phone to talk to her. (This means that Hae’s car must have been ditched at this time – if it hasn’t, then both Adnan and Jay could not have spoken on the phone.)

Adnan’s Story:

Adnan says he is at track practice and does not have the phone.

Jay’s Story:

Although Jay claims he did not leave Jenn’s place until 3:45 p.m. (and therefore would not be with Adnan at the time of this call), Jay does say he remembers the call with Nisha. In his written itinerary on 3/18/99 (after, it should be noted, he has already been repeatedly confronted with the cell phone records), Jay says Adnan did call Nisha while he and Jay were driving around getting his, and that after he called her, “Adnan handed the phone to Jay at the golf course on West Forest Park Avenue” (Episode 5).

Jay’s story is not supported (although not disproven, either) by the tower data, as the pings for all calls from 2:36 p.m to 3:59 p.m., including this call, hit tower L651, which is the tower that is very close to both Best Buy and Woodlawn High School. This makes it unlikely (but again, not impossible) that the call occurred as Jay says it did.

Nisha’s Story:

Nisha testified that she recalled having a phone conversation with Adnan when he put Jay on the phone. But there’s a problem with this story — Nisha remembers the call happening at night, and while Jay and Adnan were at a video store that Jay worked at. But the call that happened on January 13, 1999, happened in the middle of the afternoon, and Jay would not begin working at the video store until weeks after Hae’s murder.

This makes the phone call Nisha remembers unlikely to be the same phone call as the one that happened on the day Hae died, but it does nothing to explain what conversation did happen that day.

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Although the Nisha call is currently unexplained by all theories of the case, the cell phone records do confirm that – whatever the circumstances under which it was made – a call was likely placed by someone using Adnan’s phone, from somewhere in the Woodlawn area, to Nisha.

L651A - Phil

13 Jan 1999 3:48 pm - 13 Jan 1999 3:49 pm


Cell Probably Moved to the I-70 P&R So That the Killer Can Stash Hae’s Car Until Dark

Note: At this point, I have not seen anything explaining who Phil is, but he is presumably Jay’s friend, and not Adnan’s.

The Prosecution’s Story:

Adnan and Jay drive around in Adnan’s car and smoke weed for a couple hours.

Adnan’s Story:

Adnan says he was at track practice or waiting for track to begin, which would have been at 3:30 or 4:00 p.m.

Jay’s Story:

This call was made at 3:48 p.m. — which, according to Jay, is almost exactly the same time that he says Adnan called him from Best Buy, asking Jay to come pick him up. But under the state’s timeline (which has Jay going to pick up Adnan at 2:36 p.m.), then — based on Jay’s story from his written 3/18/99 itinerary — at the time of this call Jay must have been on his way to Forest Park to buy two dime bags of weed.

Perhaps, however, part of Jay’s story about the “come-get-me” call is true. Hae’s murderer did indeed place a call at 3:45 p.m., asking a friend for help in disposing of Hae’s body… but the caller was Jay, and the friend was the mysterious Phil, of whom we know almost nothing.

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

The cell phone continues to ping the L651 tower. Based solely on tower data, it appears that the cell phone (whether it is in Jay’s possession alone, or whether it is with both Jay and Adnan) is still in the vicinity of where Hae was murdered, but it could also be explained by the killer driving Hae’s car to the I-70 Park’n’Ride. The call does ping an antenna eastward from where it had pinged in the three calls in the previous half hour, and it is well within reason that a call from the Park’n’Ride would route through a cell phone tower to the west (particularly given the topography of that area). Also possible, however, is that the cell phone has not moved, and the killer is still in the same location as the crime scene, with both Adnan’s and Hae’s cars.

L651A - Patrick

13 Jan 1999 3:59 pm - 13 Jan 1999 4:00 pm


Cell Probably Moved to the I-70 P&R So That the Killer Can Stash Hae’s Car Until Dark

The Prosecution’s Story:

Adnan and Jay continue to drive around in Adnan’s car and smoke weed.

Adnan’s Story:

Adnan would be at track practice, which starts either at 3:30 or 4:00 p.m.

Jay’s Stories:

Jay says that, after dropping Hae’s car off at the Park’n’Ride, he calls his friend Patrick to see if they can buy some weed. They then drive to Forest Park to buy the weed.

But there is a problem with this story – Jay also claims that he and Adnan spoke to Nisha while they were in Forest Park. But that call was thirty minutes earlier, at 3:32, and Jay says that he and Adnan didn’t go to Forest Park until after he called Patrick – at 3:59 p.m. Both things can’t be true. Either Jay and Adnan drove to Forest Park after calling Patrick to ask about the weed, or else they did so before calling him. But in any event, both stories appear to be equally false, because they are not supported by the tower records.

Also — Jay and Adnan have a body in the trunk, and their reaction is to call around to score some weed? Come on. From everything we know, neither of them are that monumentally stupid. Whoever made these calls, and whoever the killer is, I would bet an awful lot of money that the 3:48 and 3:59 p.m. calls had nothing to do with scoring weed and everything to do with a panicky murderer (or murderers) trying to figure out next steps.

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

The cell phone continues to ping the L651 tower, possibly indicating that the killer is still at the Park’n’Ride with Hae’s vehicle.

If so, the 3:58 call may in fact be the real “come-and-get-me” call. One (very speculative) scenario: after killing Hae, if Jay decided to move her car to a new location away from the scene of the crime, Jay would be stuck with a two-car problem. After abandoning Hae’s car (either at the Park’n’Ride, or somewhere near — a call from the Park’n’Ride could have been routed through L651, so that remains a possibility), he would either have a long walk back to Adnan’s car (approximately forty minutes, if at the Park’n’Ride), or else he would need someone to pick him up and drive him back. The 3:48 and 3:59 p.m. calls could then be explained by Jay calling his friends to see who could give him a lift. Jay might have called Phil first, and when Phil wasn’t available, Jay tried a friend and/or drug dealer. (Come to think of it, if you need a getaway vehicle, calling up a drug dealer buddy might be a smart idea — “Hey Pat, this is Jay — I’d love to buy some weed, can you hook me up? Except, small problem, I don’t have a ride — but if you swing by and pick me up, we can then go and smoke some of what I buy?”). Whatever happened during these two calls, it appears that, based on the tower data from the call following this one, Patrick might have come through for Jay.

L689A - Jenn's Home

13 Jan 1999 4:12 pm - 13 Jan 1999 4:13 pm


Cell Travels Away From the Crime Scene, and Goes to Either the I-70 P&R or to Forest Park

The Prosecution’s Story:

Adnan and Jay drive continue to drive around in Adnan’s car and smoke weed. Maybe they went to White Castle or something, idk.

Adnan’s Story:

Adnan says he is still at track practice.

Jay’s Stories:

In Jay’s first and second interviews on 2/28/99 and 3/15/99, and in his written itinerary on 3/18/99, Jay tells the exact same story: that at 4:30 p.m., he and Adnan drive to Patapsco State Park to smoke weed and watch the sunset, which would have occurred at 5:05 p.m. (Episode 5).

In Jay’s third interview with the police, on 4/13/99, Jay states that – rather than travel to Patapsco after the crime – Adnan killed Hae in Patapsco State Park, and that Jay was there too, because Adnan had paid him to help with the murder and/or body disposal. This story is contradicted by all of Jay’s other versions of what happened, and – based on the timelines – it is pretty much impossible. Actually, it’s entirely impossible, it simply could not have happened.

Likely realizing this (or, more likely, being instructed on this by a prosecutor and/or defense attorney), Jay does not testify about any Patapsco trip at Adnan’s trial. The whole visit to the cliffs there to smoke weed just falls out of the story completely. Instead, Jay’s trial testimony just has him and Adnan driving around aimlessly for a bit, until eventually Jay drops Adnan off at track practice.

Jenn’s Story:

In her statement to the police, Jenn stated that on January 13, 1999, she had gone to work as a lifeguard. After work,

“between twelve-thirty and one I got back to my house, [and] between one and one-thirty Jay arrived at my house. . . Jay got there, he had Adnan’s car and . . . cell phone[,] and he [ ] said he was waiting for a phone call . . . that was going to come around three-thirty. [ ] [S]o we hung out at my house and th[e]n I guess around three-thirty, three forty-five[,] Jay got a call and then . . . Jay got another call . . . and then another call came in and I don’t know . . . Whether it was on the cell phone that Jay had. [ ] [T]hen Jay left my house, probably around three-thirty, four, four-fifteen, well after three forty-five, between three-forty and four-fifteen. I left my house between four-fifteen and four-thirty to go pick up my parents from work.”

At Adnan’s trial, Jenn testified that on January 13th, Jay came over “to hang out with her and her brother,” and that “[a]t 3:00-3:30 p.m., [Jay] left her house. After 4:30 p.m., Jennifer called her friend [Cathy’s] house and [Jay] was there.” (Brief of Appellant at 12-13.)

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Jenn is lying. If Jay was at her place until “well after 3:45,” and she left pretty much immediately after, how is Jay calling “Jenn Home” at 4:21? And why doesn’t Jenn tell the police that Jay called her immediately after he left her house?

The most plausible explanation for Calls 10 and 11 is that:

Jay got help either in moving Hae’s car to the Park’n’Ride (if two cars were driven there), or Jay got a ride back from the Park’n’Ride (if only Hae’s car was driven there). The calls at 3:48 and 3:59 p.m. are from Jay, either (i) after he has driven Hae’s car somewhere to ditch it, and calling to ask for a ride back from the Park’n’Ride (or other parking lot near Woodlawn), possibly under the pretext of buying weed from the mysterious Phil and Patrick, or (ii) while Jay is still at the crime scene, and calling to straight up ask for help in transporting Hae’s and Adnan’s car to the Park’n’Ride. If the latter option is what occurs it could be that Jay finally got through to Patrick, who agrees to help, and Jay does the infamous “trunk pop” to Patrick when he arrives. Jay then ditches Hae’s car and is reunited with Adnan’s car, with an assist from Patrick; and,
At 4:21 p.m., after recovering Adnan’s car, Jay calls “Jenn Home” to see if she’s around. She is. Jay then goes to Jenn’s house at around 4:30 p.m. for them to hang out, while Jay tries to figure out what the hell to do next. (Interesting note: it’s only a 20-minute walk from the Park’n’Ride to Jenn’s house. Perhaps this could explain some of Jay’s movements.) While at Jenn’s house, Jay is in fact “waiting for a phone call,” as Jenn will later testify. Because the phone call that Jay is expecting is from Adnan — calling to tell Jay to pick him up from track, just like he and Jay had agreed upon. At 4:58, Jay gets that call and goes to get Adnan, before they both go to Cathy’s.
At 6:00 p.m., Jenn calls Cathy’s apartment, and Cathy tells Jenn that Adnan and Jay are at her place. This is why in Jenn insists that Jay left her house “after 3:45 p.m.” (police statement) or at “3:00-3:30 p.m.” (trial testimony), but also insists that when she calls her friend Cathy “after 4:30 p.m.,” Cathy tells her that Jay is already there. These two events (Jay leaving Jenn’s, and Jenn calling Cathy to learn that Jay is there) really do happen about an hour apart — but they occur at 5pm and 6pm, not 3:30pm and 4:30pm.
In fact, the only way all the timelines can fit together — without simply deciding that the trip to Jenn’s or the trip to Cathy’s or the trip to Woodlawn never occurred at all — is if Jay’s visit to Jenn occurs after Hae is already dead. That’s why Jay is “acting weird” when he’s at Jenn’s house. That’s why Jay tells Jenn that he is “waiting for a phone call,” because Adnan told him he’d call after track.

And that’s also why Jenn and Jay both insist over and over again that Jay was at Jenn’s until “well after 3:45″ — because Jenn’s story about Jay being at her place until “3:45 p.m.” is something she was told to say in order to give Jay an alibi. If Jay killed Hae, then Jay might know that Hae was killed a little before 3:45 (i.e., a little before the call to Phil at 3:48). Even though the police have some mistaken theory about Hae dying at 2:30 p.m., Jay knows it was at least an hour later — and in case the police know that to, Jay has to make sure his alibi accounts for that time period.

So even though the call records show that Jay was actually at Jenn’s house from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on January 13, Jay has told Jenn to make sure her story includes that he was at her place until “after 3:45 p.m.” Because that’s the critical window.

This would also mean that neither the Patapsco trip nor any of the other side quests Jay has mentioned ever happened. The trip to buy weed, if it actually happened (I’m skeptical), is the sole detour that even could have possibly occurred, according to the call records, but that call could just as easily show instead a ping from the Park’n’Ride.

Additional Note: Here is where the real speculation comes in. Remember Neighbor Boy? The friend of Jay’s, who told one of his neighbors that he had seen Hae’s body in the back of a trunk? It may have been simply been bunk, some kid trying to make himself sound cool by telling a story. But I would be awfully curious to know if there is any connection between Neighbor Boy and either Phil or Patrick…

L654C - Incoming

13 Jan 1999 4:27 pm - 13 Jan 1999 4:30 pm


The Cell Phone Travels From Forest Park to Jay’s House

The Prosecution’s Story:
Somewhat unclear; it appears that the state accepts Jay’s story.

Adnan’s Story:
Adnan says he was at track from the time it started (at 3:30 p.m., or maybe 4 p.m.).

Jay’s Story:
Jay says that, after driving around and smoking for a while, Adnan “told [Jay] that [he] had to take him back to school because he needed to be seen” at track practice, so that he could establish an alibi for Hae’s murder (Episode 1). Adnan told Jay he would call him to pick him up when track was over.

In Jay’s first police statement, Jay said that he went back to his home after dropping Adnan off at track, and that he was at home when Adnan called him to ask to be picked up.

In Jay’s second police statement, Jay said that he went to someone else’s house after dropping Adnan off at practice, and while there he gets high. The transcript notes describing this portion of Jay’s statement have been redacted, but I believe it says he was with Jenn Pusateri, at her house, when Adnan calls and asks to be picked up.

At Adnan’s trial, Jay testified at trial that, after dropping Adnan off, he “went to [Cathy’s] house, smoked some marijuana, and debated about what to do. [Cathy] and her boyfriend were there.” (Appellant’s Brief at 9.) Then, “[a]bout 30 minutes later, [Adnan] called and [Jay] went to school to get him” (id.). The story about Jay going to “Cathy’s” apartment after dropping Adnan at track is unverified by any other source that I am aware of, and appears to be a fabrication — because Cathy did not arrive home until after 5:00 p.m. that day.

Jenn’s Story:

At trial, Jenn says that “after 4:30 p.m.,” she called her friend Cathy, and Jay was at Cathy’s apartment at that time (Brief of Appellant at 13). However, based on Cathy’s testimony, it seems almost certain that Jenn’s call to Cathy occurred after 6 p.m., because Cathy says she did not get home until after 5:00 p.m., and that when Jenn called her, both Adnan and Jay were at her apartment.

Cathy’s Story:

We know that Jay does go to Cathy’s apartment at some point on January 13th, but it was almost certainly after picking Adnan up from track, and not before track like Jay claims. Why? Because Cathy testified that she did not arrive home until “5:00-5:15 p.m.” that day, and that Jay and Adnan showed up “later” (Brief of Appellant at 13). Cathy said, in her statement, that:

“while Jay and Adnan were there, Jenn called the apartment. Or maybe it was she that called Jenn . . . But she does remember talking to Jenn and saying, ‘Jay’s here with some kid who’s practically passed out on the cushions.’ And Jenn thought that was curious, like, ‘what’s Jay doing there?’ She told Cathy that Jay had been acting weird earlier in the day too.'” (Episode 6.)

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

The tower records show that the cell phone was near both Jay’s house and Jenn’s house from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. — and therefore wholly inconsistent with Jay going to Cathy’s before getting Adnan from track. In fact, the three calls we know for certain were made from Cathy’s — the 6:07, 6:09, and 6:24 p.m. calls — all pinged towers farther south, close to Cathy’s, as expected, but the 4:27 and 4:58 p.m. calls both ping towers to the north of Cathy’s, next to Jenn’s and Jay’s places.

This cell phone data is consistent with Jay committing the crime alone. After ditching Hae’s car at the Park’n’Ride, Jay either goes to Jenn’s place or returns to his home. It is now 4:30 p.m., and Jay is aware that Adnan will soon be calling to tell Jay to pick him up from track. There would not have been enough time for Jay to dispose of Hae’s body (and also it would have been too risky to do so in the daylight). If Jay goes to Jenn’s house, then this perfectly explains Jenn’s police statement (see Call 11) in which she describes Jay receiving several calls. These are the 4:27 and 4:58 p.m. calls. Perhaps after leaving Jenn’s house, Jay returns home to get shovels for later use, and puts them in the trunk of Adnan’s car. After all, Jay says it takes him 15 minutes to pick up Adnan from practice after Adnan calls, and a drive from Jenn’s to Jay’s to Woodlawn would have taken about 12 minutes.

L654C - Incoming

13 Jan 1999 4:58 pm - 13 Jan 1999 4:59 pm


Adnan Calls Jay to Pick Him Up from Track

The Prosecution’s Story:
The state appears to have accepted Jay’s story.

Adnan’s Story:
After track, Adnan says he would have called Jay to pick him up. The 4:58 p.m. call would likely have been Adnan calling his cell phone to let Jay know he was done.

Jay’s Story:
Same as for Call 12.

What the Cell Phone Records Show:
This call was from Adnan, telling Jay that track is over and to come pick him up. That would be consistent with everything we can establish about the witnesses’ timelines.

It is virtually certain Adnan was at track that day. Why? Because regardless of whether Jay is guilty or innocent, his testimony about Adnan going to track is credible – Jay has no reason to lie about that specific fact, and many reasons to tell the truth.

If Jay did kill Hae, then when the police interviewed him and made it clear that they thought Adnan was their suspect, Jay would have been given a motive to frame Adnan. However, since Jay knew that he had picked up Adnan from track practice that day, Jay’s story had to include the fact that Adnan went to track – because Jay knew that people had seen Adnan at track, and Jay assumed that people would remember that. (In fact, only a single witness has specific memories of Adnan being at track that day. Other witnesses have also stated that they believe Adnan was there that day, even if they do not have a specific memory of it, because if Adnan had not showed they would have remembered that.)

On the other hand, if Jay’s story about Adnan killing Hae is true, then he likewise has every reason to tell the truth about track practice. If he says Adnan did not go to track, but someone remembered seeing him there, Jay’s story would begin to look questionable. Additionally, Jay has no reason to misremember dropping Adnan off at track.

WB443 - Voicemail

13 Jan 1999 5:14 pm - 13 Jan 1999 5:15 pm

After Jay Picks up Adnan, Adnan Calls His Voicemail

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

The 5:14 call was almost certainly a call made by Adnan, in order to check his voicemail. This is consistent with Jay having picked Adnan up after track practice.

L653C - Krista

13 Jan 1999 5:38 pm - 13 Jan 1999 5:39 pm


Adnan and Jay Drive to “Cathy’s”

Cathy’s Story:
As much as anything about the timeline of that day can be called established fact, the time period from about 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. appears to be the most well accounted for.

At approximately 5:15 p.m., Jay picks Adnan up from track, and they then go to “Cathy’s” (not-her-real-name’s) house. Cathy is a friend of Jenn’s. Cathy sort of knows Jay, through Jenn, but Adnan and Cathy had never met before that day.

Jay’s Story:
Jay says that after getting Adnan from track, he and Adnan go to a McDonald’s. Interestingly, there is a McDonald’s precisely in the location from where this call was made, although I have no information on whether it was there in 1999.

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Adnan almost certainly has his cell phone back again — Krista is a friend of Adnan’s, not Jay’s, and Jay is unlikely to be calling her.

The tower ping at L653 could show that Adnan and Jay are driving from Woodlawn to “Cathy’s” house. Or, as Jay says, they could be at a McDonald’s getting dinner. And by “getting McDonald’s,” what I actually mean is “getting high and then really needing some Chicken McNuggets.”

L655A - Incoming

13 Jan 1999 6:07 pm - 13 Jan 1999 6:08 pm


Adnan and Jay Smoke Weed at “Cathy’s”

Explanatory Note: There is little/no dispute that Jay and Adnan arrived at Cathy’s sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m, where they hung out and smoke weed until approximately 6:30 p.m., before both left in Adnan’s car.

Cathy’s Story:
At trial, Cathy testified that:

“On January 13, 1999, at 5:00-5:15 p.m., she arrived home, and her boyfriend Jeff [ ] was there. [Jay] and [Adnan] arrived later . . . They all watched television at about 6:00 p.m. Appellant was lying on some pillows on her floor when he asked, ‘how do you get rid of a high?’” (Brief of Appellant at 13-14.)

Note that this is somewhat inconsistent with Jay’s testimony, which is that he was at Cathy’s before leaving to pick up at Adnan, and then returning to her house. Cathy (and apparently Jeff) never confirm that Jay had already been at their house earlier that afternoon.

Also, according to Cathy, Jay and Adnan just showed up at her place out of the blue:

“I was kinda surprised and a little confused because [Jay] didn’t call me unless he was with Jenn and nobody had called to say ‘hey are you guys home? Do you guys want to hang out?’ Nothing like that. So it was a little strange that he would just pop up at the door. I remember him being like, ‘do you want to smoke? Do you wanna hang out?’ And I remember being like, ‘well hang on a second,’ and asking Jeff if he wanted to– ‘Jay’s at the door!’ Jeff was like, ‘for what?’ ‘Well he wants to hang out.’ And Jeff was like, ‘that’s cool.’ So Jay came in and he introduced his friend, I don’t think he introduced him by name, I think he was just like, ‘this is a friend of mine.’” (Episode 6.)

Note that this is somewhat inconsistent with Jenn’s testimony. According to Jenn, she and Jay “had plans to go to [Cathy’s] house together that evening” (Brief of Appellant at 13). So why does Cathy seem to think it was a total surprise to see Jay there?

L608C - Incoming

13 Jan 1999 6:09 pm - 13 Jan 1999 6:10 pm


Adnan and Jay Continue to Smoke Weed at “Cathy’s”

Cathy’s Story:
Cathy recalls that Adnan received a call from someone, but that it was “not lengthy.” After the call, Adnan was asking, “what if they come talk to me, what should I say, [ ] what should I do.”

What the Cell Phone Records Show:
It is not firmly established who the 6:09 call was from, but Sarah Koenig gives a fairly convincing explanation on the podcast – it was from Adnan’s friend, Aisha, telling Adnan that she had told the police to speak with him about Hae:

So maybe Aisha called Adnan at 6:09, says “I just talked to the police and they’re going to get in touch with you too.” Aisha says that Adnan was annoyed. Maybe that’s what Cathy interpreted as panicked. 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. So, imagine for a second that Adnan is talking to Aisha and says something like . . . What am I gonna do? What am I gonna say? They’re gonna come talk to me. What am I supposed to say?” (Episode 9.)

Additionally, although this call pings a different tower from the 6:07 p.m. call, it is virtually certain that the cell phone remains at the same location – Cathy’s house – at all times between 6:07 and 6:24.

L608C - Detective Adcock

13 Jan 1999 6:24 pm - 13 Jan 1999 6:28 pm


Adnan and Jay Continue to Smoke Weed at “Cathy’s”

Explanatory Note: This call was almost certainly from the police, asking if Adnan has seen Hae. As Koenig describes the start of the investigation:

“Hae’s brother called the cops that afternoon. Officer Scott Adcock arrives from the Baltimore County PD. His initial report records the time as 5:12 p.m. Adcock calls Aisha and Adnan asking if they’ve seen Hae.” (Episode 9.)

Officer Adcock’s Story:
Office Adcock testified that, during this phone call, Adnan told him he’d asked Hae for a ride, but that he’d been “held up” at school and missed the ride. (One of Hae’s friends, Becky, gives a somewhat similar story – she says that Adnan asked Hae for a ride, but that at 2:20 p.m., Hae tells Adnan that she won’t be able to give him a ride, and Adnan says “OK, I’ll just ask someone else.”

Adnan’s Story:

Adnan says that he remembers this phone call:

“Oh no, uh, I do remember that phone call and I do remember being high at the time because the craziest thing is to be high and have the police call your phone. I’ll never forget that.” (Episode 6.)

But Adnan does not recall asking Hae for a ride that day, or telling the officer that he asked for one.

Jay’s Story:

In Jay’s first police statement, Jay says that Officer Adcock calls while he and Adnan were at McDonald’s.

In Jay’s second police statement, Jay says that Officer Adcock called when he and Adnan were “leaving [Cathy’s] apartment,” and were “stepping from the foyer into the hallway.” Jay says he then begins to panic.

Cathy’s Story:

Cathy says that, a little while after receiving a phone call, Adnan just leaves, heading out the door, and Jay follows Adnan out, leaving his “hat and smokes” at Cathy’s (Episode 6). Adnan and Jay go downstairs and get into Adnan’s car. Cathy sees them stay there, for “[l]ike a minute . . . just sitting out in the car.”

What the Call Records Show:

Based on the timing of the 5:38, 6:07, 6:09, and 6:24 calls, what appears to have happened is that, after Jay picked up Adnan from track, Jay and Adnan go to smoke. Adnan gets really, really high. Jay and Adnan then show up at Cathy’s sometime between 5:40pm and 6:00pm. At 6:07, Hae’s brother calls asking about Hae. At 6:09, Aisha calls, and tells Adnan that the police are going to call him. Adnan freaks; he is super high, and the police are about to call him, and he starts asking, “What do I do if the cops call me? How do I get rid of a high?” Ten minutes later, he and Jay leave Cathy’s apartment. In the hallway, Officer Adcock calls Adnan, and Adnan and Jay get into Adnan’s parked car while speaking to the officer for a little over 4 minutes. They then drive away.

L651A - Yaser

13 Jan 1999 6:59 pm - 13 Jan 1999 7:00 pm


The Cell Phone Returns to the Woodlawn Area

Yaser’s Story:

To my knowledge, Yaser has never been questioned about this phone call. Yaser was a friend of Adnan’s, although it’s unclear how close they were. Yaser is also the individual identified by the anonymous caller as someone the police should speak to, because Yaser, according to the caller, knows something about Adnan’s involvement in the murder.

Adnan’s Father’s Story:

Adnan’s father testified at trial that, on January 13, 1999, Adnan “attended religious services with [him] from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.” (Brief of Appellant at 16). Adnan’s mosque was close to his home, and is marked above with an asterisk.

Jay’s Story:

Jay testified that “after the Adcock call, he and Adnan left Cathy’s and then they do a bunch of different things: they drive to Jay’s house for shovels, then to I-70 Park & Ride for Hae’s car, then Jay goes to McDonald’s back by school to wait for Adnan, says he’s there waiting for about 20 minutes, then they drive all around for awhile back over to Patapsco, then up Dogwood, to Security, before they finally get to Leakin Park.” (Episode 5.) There’s a huge problem with Jay’s story though. Doing what Jay describes “takes an hour and twenty minutes. Twice as long as, in other words, than the call log accounts for.” (Id.).

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

The 6:59 p.m. call pings a tower that covers Adnan’s home and mosque, but not Jay’s house. Jay does claim that he went to the McDonald’s by school to wait for Adnan for 20 minutes after picking up Hae’s car, but Jay does not explain why on earth he and Adnan would add this trip to their itinerary. One possible explanation is that it’s an attempt to explain why the 6:59 call and the 7:00 p.m. call pinged at Woodlawn.

L651A - Jenn Pager

13 Jan 1999 7:00 pm - 13 Jan 1999 7:01 pm


The Cell Phone Is Still in Woodlawn Area

Adnan’s Story:
According to Adnan, “he’s pretty sure he was with his phone at that time after track. Again, his memory is vague, it’s full of I probably would haves. But he says that from what he can remember of the evening, after he got the call from Office Adcock, he remembers dropping Jay off at some point and then he says he would have gone to the mosque for prayers. It was Ramadan. He doesn’t say he lent his phone out or his car to Jay or anyone else that evening.”

But if Adnan did kill Hae, this is quite possibly the most baffling thing Adnan could say. Why on earth would his story be that he is “pretty sure he was with his phone” at that time, when, if he is guilty, he knew full well that is exactly when Hae was buried? Why would he lie about everything else, but tell the truth about this damning detail — when he could just as easily have said instead that he let Jay borrow his phone that evening? Or even just say that he “might’ve” let Jay borrow his phone? Why would Adnan make such a bold-faced lie about going to mosque that evening (when there could potentially be dozens of witnesses who could confirm that he did not go to mosque), but then not go a tiny step further and say he doesn’t remember having his phone, but he frequently lent it out to Jay, and might have done so that night?

A simpler explanation is that Adnan really just doesn’t remember letting Jay borrow his phone and car while he was at mosque. Which isn’t an entirely satisfying explanation, but it makes more sense than a guilty Adnan lying about everything else and telling the truth about this single incriminating thing. After all, it is pretty much established fact that Adnan was as high as a kite at 6:30pm that night; him being fuzzy on the details is at least explainable. And if Jay had asked to borrow the the car, wouldn’t Adnan have probably agreed, based on his willingness to allow Jay to borrow it earlier? After all, he’s going to be in mosque for a couple hours, it wouldn’t be any inconvenience to him. Alternatively, perhaps Adnan felt he was too high to drive, e.g., “How do you make a high go away?” In which case Jay “offered” to drive an impaired Adnan to mosque, and then needed to “borrow” the car to drive back to Cathy’s — while promising Adnan he’d return the car when mosque was out.

Jay’s Story:

At trial, Jay testified that, he “was supposed to meet [Jenn] at 7:00 p.m., so he paged her at 7:00 p.m. from Leakin Park.” Jay does not explain why he was supposed to meet Jenn at 7:00 p.m., or when he and Jenn made this agreement.

Jenn’s Story:

In Jenn’s police statement, she tells the detectives that the original message she “got a voice message from Jay telling me to get him from the park and around, between seven and seven-thirty” (Jenn Int. at 12). This park is located “off of Crosby and Chesworth,” but is not “the one that the pool’s on” (id.). This would make it Western Hills Community Park — a three minute walk away from Adnan’s mosque.

Now that’s an interesting coincidence. Why would Jay be calling Jenn to ask for a ride from a place across the street from Adnan’s mosque at 7 or 7:30 p.m.? Perhaps because Jay knew Adnan would be driving there, after leaving Cathy’s?

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

There are two big problems with Jay’s testimony about paging Jenn from Leakin Park. First, the cell records show that the 7:00 p.m. call was most likely made from the Woodlawn area, not Leakin Park. Second, Jay’s story has him in Adnan’s car — but not with Adnan – at 7:00 p.m. So how could he have paged Jenn at 7:00 p.m., if Adnan was calling Yaser at 6:59? Jay testified at trial Adnan drove him to Jay’s house, where they got “two shovels . . . and put them in [Adnan’s] car” (Brief of Appellant at 9.) They then “drove to pick up Hae’s car, and [Adnan] got in Hae’s car. [Jay] followed [Adnan] around for 45 minutes, and they ended up in Leakin Park.” (Id.) Which means that Adnan and Jay were in separate vehicles at 7:00 p.m., if Jay’s story is true.

An alternative explanation for the cell phone data is that Jay borrowed Adnan’s car and phone while he was in mosque. After leaving Cathy’s, Adnan is dropped off at the mosque near his house, and Jay drives to Hae’s car (which is either at the Park’n’Ride or at a mall parking lot near Woodlawn). He then drives Hae’s car to Leakin Park, taking the phone and the shovels with him from Adnan’s car, and buries her. He returns Hae’s car to where it was stashed earlier, gets back in Adnan’s car, and head back to the mosque to return the car and phone to Adnan when mosque is out at 9pm.

L689B - Incoming

13 Jan 1999 7:09 pm - 13 Jan 1999 7:10 pm


The Cell Phone Goes to Leakin Park

The Prosecution’s Story:

Adnan and Jay picked up Hae’s car from the I-70 Park’n’Ride, and then drive into Leakin Park via N. Franklintown Road, where they body Hae’s body. The route from the Park’n’Ride to the place where Hae’s body was found takes approximately four minutes. Although it is unclear why this specific location is chosen for the burial site, it appears, from Google Maps, that the section of N. Franklintown Road that Hae’s killer(s) would have used to enter the woods does not have a guardrail up. Although there are now concrete barriers in place, it seems very likely that, in January 1999, those barriers were not there, allowing whoever buried Hae to pull off at the side of the road there. As Gwynns Falls Trail was under construction at that time, there was likely ample room for Hae’s car to be parked (without blocking N Franklintown Road) while a grave was dug and Hae’s body was transferred into it. (For comparison purposes, note that the “Warning This Park is Patrolled” sign behind the concrete barriers matches the sign described in Episode 3 and shown on the Serial website.)

Adnan’s Story:

Adnan is at mosque.

Jay’s Story:

Jay testified that “[w]hile [he] and [Adnan] were digging, [Jenn] called the cell phone, returning [Jay’s] page [at 7:00 p.m.]. [Adnan] allegedly answered and told [Jenn] they were busy and hung up.” (Brief of Appellant at 9.)

Jenn’s Story:

Jenn has stated that either the 7:09 or 7:16 p.m. call came from her. Jenn told the police in her taped interview that:

“When I called them, um, Adnan answered the phone and said ‘Jay will call you back when you’re re–’ when he’s ready for you to come and get him, or for you to come and meet him, or whatever. ‘Jay will call you when he’s ready.’ And um, so that’s all like, he was very quick and very ‘bye’ you know.” (Episode 6.)

But at trial, she gave a different story. She testified that when she called the cell, someone other than Jay answered the phone and said, “Jay will call you back when he is ready for you to come and get him, he is busy” (Brief of Appellant at 13). She stated that “[t]he voice on the cell phone was an older male, deep, not like a kid, and it was not [Jay]” (id.). But Jenn does not identify the voice as belonging to Adnan – even though she knows him, and even though she had previously identified the speaker as Adnan in her police interview.

It should also be noted that Jenn’s statement (as well as Jay’s) does not match the known duration of the call. At 33 seconds, whatever conversation occurred must have been longer than the brief exchange Jenn describes, which would have taken less than 10 seconds.

But aside from that, why on earth would Adnan know that Jenn was calling to find out when to pick Jay up? And why would he even answer the phone? Surely after burying Hae’s body, Jay would have preferred to take his accomplice home himself — rather than forcing a third party to come pick him up, and potentially become involved.

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

The 7:09 p.m. and 7:16 p.m. calls are the two most significant calls in the case, because both calls were routed through L689B — which is the tower/antenna whose range is almost exclusively limited to the southwest leg of Leakin Park, where Hae was buried. We can say with almost complete certainty that whoever had the cell phone at that time was in Leakin Park, burying Hae’s body.

Why? Because we have independent evidence confirming that Hae was buried between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on January 13, 1999. (1) The first witness statement in the case came from Jenn, in her statement to the police on February 27, 1999, when she told them that Jay asked her to pick him up “some time after eight o’clock” (Episode 6). Jenn said that “[a]fter they’d driven a little ways, Jay mention[ed] shovels. The shovels Adnan had used to dig in the park to bury Hae.” (Episode 4.) She has no apparent motive to lie about the timing of when she picked up Jay, and there is no evidence that she had seen the cell phone records at that point, or was matching her story to them. (2) Cathy, who has no motive to lie and whose testimony could apparently be verified by her boyfriend, Jeff, states that Adnan and Jay were at her house until 6:30 p.m. that evening.

So Hae was buried in Leakin Park during that hour-and-a-half window. Of the 52 outgoing and incoming malls made to Adnan’s cell phone on January 12 and 13, 1999, exactly two calls were routed through L689B, which is the tower and antenna that covers the southwest portion of Leakin Park (and covers almost nothing that isn’t Leakin Park). In fact, only one other call was even routed through tower L689, despite the fact it is adjacent to the towers covering Woodlawn and Cathy’s house — and that’s the 4:12 p.m. call, when Jay would have been parking Hae’s car immediately next to Leakin Park, at the Park’n’Ride.

This is very strong evidence that the reason the 7:09 and 7:16 p.m. calls were routed from the Leakin Park tower is that the cell phone was, in fact, in Leakin Park. The odds are too much against this being a mere coincidence — because over the course of 48 hours, only two calls are routed through L689B, and both occur precisely within the one-and-a-half hour window in which we know the killer was in Leakin Park burying Hae’s body. This is a sufficient basis from which to conclude that the killer had the phone while burying Hae.

L689B - Incoming -

13 Jan 1999 7:16 pm - 13 Jan 1999 7:17 pm


The Cell Phone Is Still in Leakin Park

Adnan’s Story:
Adnan says he is at mosque.

Jay’s Story:
At trial, Jay testified that, shortly after the call from Jenn (at 7:09), “while [Adnan] took Hae’s body to the shallow grave and put dirt on her to cover her, he received another call. He spoke part in Arabic and part in English.” (Brief of Appellant at 9-10.) Adnan does not speak Arabic, or any similar languages (Episode 5), so Jay’s testimony is hard to explain.

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

This call, like the previous call, pings the tower in Leakin Park. Whoever has the phone is likely burying Hae’s body.

L653A - Jenn's Pager -

13 Jan 1999 8:04 pm - 13 Jan 1999 8:05 pm


Cell Phone Is on Edmondson Avenue/Jenn and Jay Give Untruthful Statements

Jenn’s Stories:
Jenn’s Police Statement: During her interview with the police, Jenn says she picked Jay up sometime after 8 p.m., because she had “arranged to meet [Jay] in the parking lot of Westview Mall” (Episode 6). Jenn drove to Westview Mall, where she “saw [Jay and Adnan] arrive in Adnan’s car.” (Episode 6.). She told the police that,

“Jay mentioned to me that he knew where Adnan dumped the shovel or shovels. I don’t know how many there were – but he mentioned to me that he know that where Adnan put the shovels.” (Episode 4.)

Jenn then tells the police that, after picking Jay up and leaving, “she drives Jay back to Westview Mall to the dumpsters back there so that Jay can retrieve the shovels and wipe the handles clean in case of fingerprints” (id.). “After that, Jay came back, got in [Jenn’s] car, and he was really shooken up. . . He was like you have to take me to go see my girlfriend now” (id.).

Jenn’s Trial Testimony: At trial, Jenn testified that “[b]etween 8:00-8:15 p.m., [she] got a message from [Jay] to pick him up at Westview [“WV”] Mall in 15 minutes, so she left and picked him up in front of Value City.” (Brief of Appellant at 13.) Jenn arrived there first. When Jay and Adnan arrived, “[Adnan] was . . . driving, and said hello to [Jenn]. [Jay] got in her car and said . . . ‘[Adnan] strangled Hae in the Best Buy parking lot. [I] saw her body in the trunk.’ . . . [Adnan] used [Jay’s] shovels to bury her and [Jay] wanted to make sure there were no fingerprints on them.” (Brief of Appellant at 13.) Jenn further “testified [Jay] told her he wanted to go check on Stephanie to make sure she was okay. They went to Stephanie’s house between 8:30-9:00 p.m.” (Id.)

Jay’s Story:

After burying Hae, Jay claims he and Adnan got back into their respective cars, and drove to a neighborhood off of Edmondson Avenue (Route 40), where Hae’s car was abandoned.

Jay says that at some point after this, Jenn picks him up. But where? Jay has given a lot of different answers about where Jenn picks him up from, and it’s not clear which (if any) are true (Brief of Appellant at 11).

Jay’s story at trial is that after ditching Hae’s car, he and Adnan “went to Value City [located in Westview Mall, off of Route 40] and threw away some of Hae’s belongings and some other evidence in a dumpster. [Jay] paged Jen again. [Adnan] allegedly drove [Jay] home and [Jay] changed his clothes and put them in a bag. Jen came to pick up [Jay] at his home and took him to Super Fresh where he threw the shovels and his bag of clothes away in a dumpster.” (Brief of Appellant at 10.)

L653C - Jenn's Pager -

13 Jan 1999 8:05 pm - 13 Jan 1999 8:06 pm


The Cell Phone is on Edmondson Avenue/Jenn and Jay Continue to Give Untruthful Statements

Why Jenn and Jay Are Both Lying about the 8:04 and 805 p.m. calls:

(1) These calls (and Jenn and Jay’s explanatory testimony about these calls) expose a gaping inconsistency in their stories: how could Jenn have known to pick up Jay from Westview Mall?

Because the answer is that she simply could not have known. At least, she couldn’t have under the testimony they gave at trial and in their police statements — Jay never would have had an opportunity to tell Jenn that he needed to be picked up. The cell records confirm that Adnan’s phone did not call Jenn’s home after 4:12 p.m., and while Jenn says she did call Adnan’s cell phone at around 7 p.m., both she and Jay say that someone other than Jay answered, telling her “Jay will call you when he’s ready,” before hanging up. Which means the last time Jay and Jenn could have spoken was around 6:00 p.m., when Jenn called Cathy, who told her that Jay was at her house (Brief of Appellant at 13). But Jenn also testified that she and Jay “had plans to go to [Cathy’s] house together that evening” (id.).

Which means Jenn was either lying about there being an arrangement for her to pick Jay up from Westview, or she lying about her and Jay’s communications that day. If Jenn knew that Jay was at Cathy’s at 6:30 p.m., and if Jenn and Jay had plans to go to Cathy’s together that evening, then why on earth would Jenn have plans to pick up Jay from Westview Mall? That would only have happened if Jay expected to leave Cathy’s – but according to Jay, he only agreed to help Adnan bury the body after the two of them left Cathy’s together.

So how on earth could Jay have known he would need to be picked up from a mall close to where he and Adnan ditched Hae’s car, off Edmondson Avenue? And when and how could he have possibly communicated that message to Jenn? It’s simply not possible – unless Jenn and Jay were communicating while Jay was in Leakin Park.

(2) Did Jenn see Jay arrive at Westview, or did Jay page Jenn to pick him up while he was at Westview? Because Jenn says when Jay paged her to pick him up, she went to Westview, where shortly after Adnan and Jay pulled up. In contrast, Jay says he paged Jenn while he was already at Westview, and Adnan then dropped him off at Jay’s house, where Jenn later picked him up.

These stories are completely irreconcilable, and cannot be explained by simple memory lapses. Why would Jenn forget where Jay told her that Adnan had killed Hae? And why would Jay forget where Jenn picked him up?

(3) Where were the shovels (or shovel) thrown away? In Westview Mall or at Super Fresh?

Jenn says that Jay told her they were tossed at Westview – and that, after picking up Jay at Westview and driving off somewhere, she and Jay later drive back to Westview, so that Jay can retrieve the shovels and wipe them clean. But Jay says (at trial) that he only threw away some of Hae’s belongings at Westview – and that he didn’t toss the shovels until after Jenn picked him up at his house, and drove him to Super Fresh, where he dumped the shovel(s) in a dumpster. So were they thrown away at Westview or Super Fresh? And why would Jay have needed to have Jenn drive him away from Westview, and then later drive him back to wipe down prints?

Any why the heck wasn’t Adnan concerned about wiping down prints, if he did it? And for that matter, why would Adnan be letting his pot dealer handle the huge responsibility of disposing of the evidence? If Adnan did kill Hae, I just cannot imagine him leaving such an important detail to Jay to handle.

(Incidentally, Super Fresh is out westward on Route 40, on the way to Patapsco State Park. Perhaps this somehow works in to Jay’s whole nonsensical Patapsco story somehow? Given how often Jay repeats it, it would be beyond bizarre if nothing about Hae’s murder was linked to there. Something about Jay’s claims about Patapsco are true, it’s just hard to know what.)

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

The 8:04 and 8:05 calls show that whoever has the cell phone was probably somewhere along Route 40/Edmondson Avenue. As Edmondson Avenue is where Hae’s car was abandoned (Jay later led police to where the car had been ditched), these calls are almost certainly showing the killer abandoning the car after burying her body.

If Jay killed Hae, acting alone, then he still has a two-car problem to deal with in disposing of Hae’s body and car — as he would have parked Adnan’s car in one spot, and then driven Hae’s car to a different spot, with no way to get back to Adnan’s car. The cell phone records do suggest an explanation for what was going on. As all of the calls made from 7:00 p.m. to 8:05 p.m. are to Jenn’s pager, this indicates that not only did Jay have the phone, but that he had something urgent to communicate with her about.

The most likely thing Jay needed to talk to Jenn about was getting a ride after leaving Hae’s car. If Jenn was telling the truth about picking Jay up from a strip mall –- and her story on this point seems more credible than Jay’s — then that would explain how Jay was able to solve the two car problem. After dropping Adnan at mosque at 7:00 p.m., he drove Adnan’s car to Hae’s car (probably at the Park’n’Ride), drove Hae’s car to bury Hae’s body, then ditched her car off Edmondson Avenue. Getting from the Woodlawn area, to the Park’n’Ride, and then to the burial spot would take about fifteen minutes (five minutes for each leg, plus five minutes to switch cars.) Jay said that burying the body took 20-25 minutes. That would mean Jay was ditching the car at around 7:45 p.m., and from where her car was left, there are at least a couple strip malls within a 20-minute walk, if you’re walking a little faster than average.

That would provide a possible explanation for the two pages to Jenn in rapid succession, at 8:04 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. — at right about the time Jay would’ve gotten to a strip mall. The double page could have acted as the signal for Jenn to come and pick him up at a pre-arranged location.

In reality, if Jay was the sole killer, there are many ways he could have handled ditching Hae’s car after burying her body (such as parking it back at the Park’n’Ride and moving it over to Edmondson later, for instance). But whatever method was used, I think it is a fair inference that Jay’s multiple calls to Jenn from Leakin Park that night were related to the cover up of Hae’s murder — because why would someone burying a body repeatedly page a friend, unless the pages were related to said body burying? It’s not exactly a time that you would be worrying about making social arrangements, that’s for sure.

Additional Note: I’m not trying to say Jenn had knowledge of Jay killing Hae, or that she was actively involved in disposing of Hae’s car. That’s not what the timeline seems to imply. Her testimony is that her assistance was limited to disposing of clothes and boots, and it’s entirely possible that’s true. It’s also perfectly possible she would have fully believed Jay, if Jay told her Adnan had done it, and her assistance was only intended to help an innocent friend not take the rap.

But her statement to the police has been cooked. Perhaps she thought she was protecting an innocent Jay by making sure he had an alibi, and she truly thought Adnan was the guilty party. And, as a personal matter, I do actually believe most of her story. Her description of events seems mostly accurate — but she has changed the timeline and the details to make sure Jay can “prove” to the police that he was not involved in the actual murder.

L651C - Nisha -

13 Jan 1999 9:01 pm - 13 Jan 1999 9:02 pm


The Cell Phone and Car Are Returned to Adnan, and Adnan Goes Home

Adnan’s Story:
Adnan does not have clear memories of what happened that night after he went to mosque.

Jenn’s Stories:
This is going to get confusing, because Jenn describes at least three different series of events that occur after she picks up Jay from Westview. Those three versions are:

Pick up Jay at Westview → Return to Westview to wipe down shovels → Go to Stephanie’s house → Go to the Cathy’s house (Jenn Int. at 2-4).
Pick up Jay at Westview → Go to Stephanie’s house → Return to Westview to wipe down shovels → Go to Cathy’s house → Go to UMBC for friend Mike’s birthday party (id. at 18-20).
Pick up Jay at Westview → Go to Stephanie’s house → Go to UMBC for friend Mike’s birthday party → Go to Cathy’s house (id. at 21).
Regarding the trip to Stephanie’s, Jenn says that they went either after rerturning to Westview to wipe down the shovels or before returning to Westview for the shovels, and the trip took about 15 minutes. Jay told her that “he wanted to go check on Stephanie to make sure she was okay,” so “[t]hey went to Stephanie’s house between 8:30-9:00 p.m.”(Brief of Appellant at 13).

We, I want to say that we went to Stephanie’s house, his girlfriend, I want to say that we went there ’cause I think that I remember Jay saying that he wanted to go see Steph, he wanted to go and give her a hug and see her and make sure she was okay and everything.

Jenn also said (in her trial testimony and police statement) that the following day she took Jay “to F&M drugstore to get rid of clothing and boots in a dumpster” (Brief of Appellant at 13). In her police statement, she was consistent with this trial testimony, and stated that,

sometime during the 14th . . . I went to see Jay again at his house. I picked him up and and he had his boots with him as well as his inaudible jacket that he had on the night before and he asked me if I would take him to F & M parking lot. I took him to F & M parking lot and we drove around the back until we saw a dumpster . . . and Jay threw his clothes boots in the dumpster. (Jenn Int. at 23.)

Cathy’s Story:

Cathy testified that, on January 13, 1999, after Jay and Adnan left her house a little after 6:30 p.m., “[Jay] returned hours later with Jennifer, but [Adnan] was not with them.” (Appellant’s Brief at 14).

Cathy had no reason to lie, and Jenn and Jay returning to Cathy’s is consistent with Jenn’s claims that she and Jay had plans to go there that night. It appears that Jay may even have testified that he and Jenn returned to Cathy’s at 11:30pm that night. But in that case, what did Jenn and Jay do from around 8:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.? And why did he and Jenn not go to Stephanie’s, as they claim?

Jay’s Story:

In Jay’s first interview, Jay says that after ditching Hae’s car,

I drive myself home and on the way home he’s like “stop here.” We stopped at ah Westview and one of the dumpster’s behind Westview he threw all the stuff in. Um. . . Um we argue um we argue some more, went to the 7 -11 and then inaudible. (Int.1 at 20-21.)

In Jay’s second interview, Jay also claims in the first interview that he throws his clothes away in the trash outside of his house:

Detective: Where did you discard the clothing?
Jay: Um I put mine in the trash at my house, put it out in the trash? (Int.1 at 22.)

Jay says that after ditching Hae’s car,

I get out of [Adnan’s] car, I go in my house, Jenny calls me back, I tell her I need, I need to talk to her, um, its real important. And for her to come and get me. She comes right over, um, I take my clothes from that day, I put them in a plastic bag. Um, I go out to to the car with Jen. I tell her what happened. She ah, she says to me urn, she really can’t believe it, and I tell her stay away from him. And I tell her if I get locked up that she’ll, she’ll be the one person that really knew that I didn’t Hae. (Int.2 at 39.)

Jay says that Jenn picked him up at his house, and then took him to the dumpster at the “F & M, the one behind the ah, F & M inaudible on Route 40,” where he threw away “[a]ll [his] clothes, it was ah, they were in a giant plastic bag” (Int.2 at 41). However, Jay “think[s] [he] may had held on to [his] boots until the day after” (id.).

So while Jay and Jenn agree that Jay threw his boots away on the 14th, Jay and Jenn disagree on just about everything else.

Stephanie’s Story:

Stephanie says that she did not speak to Jay until 11:30 p.m. on January 13th. This does not match Jay and Jenn claims they went to Stephanie’s at 8:30-9:30 p.m. that night.

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

The 9:01 p.m. call to Nisha strongly suggests that Adnan, and not Jay, had the phone at this time. But the call is also made from L651 – the same tower covering Adnan’s mosque and home. Although Adnan’s cell phone spent the previous two hours in Leakin Park and along Route 40, the only calls made during that time were to Jenn’s pager. Not a single call was made to one of Adnan’s contacts, which is consistent with the phone not being in his possession during that time.

L651C - Krista -

13 Jan 1999 9:03 pm - 13 Jan 1999 9:08 pm


The Cell Phone is at Adnan’s House

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Once again, the records support a finding that (1) Adnan has his phone, as Jay would have no reason to call Krista, and (2) Adnan was at home, as shown by the tower the call connected through.

L651C - Krista -

13 Jan 1999 9:10 pm - 13 Jan 1999 9:19 pm


The Cell Phone is at Adnan’s House

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Same as Call 26.

L651C - Nisha -

13 Jan 1999 9:57 pm - 13 Jan 1999 9:58 pm


The Cell Phone is at Adnan’s House

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Same as Calls 26 and 27.

L698B - Yaser -

13 Jan 1999 10:02 pm - 13 Jan 1999 10:03 pm

The Cell Phone is at Adnan’s House

Explanatory Note: This call is another good example of a call routed through a cell tower outside of its normal range. There is no reason to believe — regardless of which witness’s testimony is accepted — that Adnan was anywhere other than at his home at this time, or that he was out somewhere moving around at 10:02 p.m. at night. Adnan was almost certainly at home, and, by chance, his call to Yaser was routed through the tower directly south (L698), rather than through the tower that calls made from Adnan’s home are most commonly routed through (L651).

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Same as Calls 26-28.

L651C - Saad -

13 Jan 1999 10:29 pm - 13 Jan 1999 10:30 pm


The Cell Phone is at Adnan’s House

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Same as Calls 26-29.

L651C - Ann -

13 Jan 1999 10:30 pm - 13 Jan 1999 10:32 pm


The Cell Phone is at Adnan’s House

What the Cell Phone Records Show:

Same as Calls 26-29.

Adnan

English

1/13/1999 9:15 am - 1/13/1999 10:40 am

Photography Ends

1/13/1999 9:15 am

Lunch period

1/13/1999 10:45 am - 1/13/1999 11:15 am

Jay drops Adnan off at school

1/13/1999 11:15 am - 1/13/1999 11:30 am

Adnan says he didn’t go shopping with Jay.

Free period

1/13/1999 11:15 am - 1/13/1999 12:50 pm

Psychology

1/13/1999 1:27 pm - 1/13/1999 2:15 pm

There’s a note at the top of Miss Paoletti’s lesson plan for January 13, 1999 that says “Adnan Syed late: (arrived 1:27)”

Library

1/13/1999 2:15 pm - 1/13/1999 3:30 pm

Adnan goes to the Woodlawn Public Library to check his email. Has conversation with Asia.

Track Practice

1/13/1999 3:30 pm - 1/13/1999 5:00 pm

Track coach Michael Sye testified that practice was usually from 4:00 to 5:30 or 6:00 p.m.

Jay picks up Adnan

1/13/1999 4:30 pm - 1/13/1999 5:00 pm

Adnan says since it was Ramadan, he and Jay probably went to get something to eat right after track. Then he says they probably went to smoke weed somewhere.

Adnan Jay go to Cathy's

1/13/1999 6:00 pm


Adnan and Jay go to “Cathy’s” house.

Adnan goes home, picks up food to take to his father at the mosque.

1/13/1999 7:01 pm - 1/13/1999 8:00 pm

Adnan goes home, picks up food to take to his father at the mosque.

At Mosque

1/13/1999 8:00 pm - 1/13/1999 10:30 pm

8:00-10:00 or 10:30 p.m.
Evening prayers at the mosque, according to Adnan’s father’s testimony.

Campus Conflicts

Summer - Hae on campus

1/13/1999 2:30pm - 1/13/1999 2:40pm

Talking about wrestling

Aisia - Adnan at Library

1/13/1999 2:37 pm

Debbie - Hae near Gym

1/13/1999 3:00 pm

Call from Aisha

1/13/1999 6:09 pm

Spoke to Adnan about cops

"Come and get me" calls

Prosecution

13 Jan 1999 2:36 pm

Jay & Jen

01/13/1999 3:30 PM - 01/13/1999 3:45 PM

Jeff wasn’t home. As Jay is turning off Jeff’s street, Adnan calls Jay and asks him to get him at Best Buy. In their closing statement, the prosecution contends that this was the 2:36 p.m. incoming call. But both Jay and Jenn say he left her house between 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Jay's Interview Dec 27/28 2014