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.