Serial Timeline

Events

Adnan calls Jay 10:45 am

1/13/1999

Phone call to Jenn home 3:21 p.m.

1/13/1999

1. School ends at 2:15

January 13, 1999

21 MINUTES THAT ADNAN NEEDS TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR TO BE PROVEN INNOCENT

2. Hae Min Lee Goes missing

January 13, 1999

Last seen at 3:00pm

3. Hae is said to be dead at 2:35

January 13, 1999

Death by strangulation

4. 6:09 Hae's brother calls Adnan

January 13, 1999

He is looking for Hae

Adnan calls Jenn for a second time 12:41 p.m.

1/13/1999

Adnan calls Hae 12:01 pm

1/13/1999

Adnan calls Hae 12:35-12:36 am

1/13/1999

Call to Nisha 3:32 - 3:34 p.m.

1/13/1999

Incoming call 3:15 pm

1/13/1999

Incoming call 2:36 pm

1/13/1999

Incoming call(to Adnan) 12:43 p.m.

1/13/1999

Adnans call log the Day Hae was killed

January 13, 1999

CALL #, PERSON CALLED, CALL TIME, DURATION, CELL SITE
1 Ann 10:30 p.m. 1:44 L651C
2 Saad 10:29 p.m. 0:18 L651C
3 Yaser cell 10:02 p.m. 0:06 L698B
4 Nisha 9:57 p.m. 0:24 L651C
5 Krista 9:10 p.m. 8:41 L651C
6 Krista 9:03 p.m. 5:28 L651C
7 Nisha 9:01 p.m. 1:24 L651C
8 Jenn pager 8:05 p.m. 0:13 L653C
9 Jenn pager 8:04 p.m. 0:32 L653A
10 incoming 7:16 p.m. 0:32 L689B
11 incoming 7:09 p.m. 0:33 L689B
12 Jenn pager 7:00 p.m. 0:23 L651A
13 Yaser cell 6:59 p.m. 0:27 L651A
14 incoming 6:24 p.m. 4:15 L608C
15 incoming 6:09 p.m. 0:53 L608C
16 incoming 6:07 p.m. 0:56 L655A
17 Krista 5:38 p.m. 0:02 L653C
18 # + Adnan cell 5:14 p.m. 1:07 BLTM2
19 incoming 5:14 p.m. 1:07 WB443
20 incoming 4:58 p.m. 0:19 L654C
21 incoming 4:27 p.m. 2:56 L654C
22 Jenn home 4:12 p.m. 0:28 L689A
23 Patrick 3:59 p.m. 0:25 L651A
24 Phil 3:48 p.m. 1:25 L651A
25 Nisha 3:32 p.m. 2:22 L651C
26 Jenn home 3:21 p.m. 0:42 L651C
27 incoming 3:15 p.m. 0:20 L651C
28 incoming 2:36 p.m. 0:05 L651B
29 incoming 12:43 p.m. 0:24 L652A
30 Jenn home 12:41 p.m. 1:29 L652A
31 Jenn home 12:07 p.m. 0:21 L688A
32 Jay 10:45 a.m. 0:28 L651A
33 Hae 12:35 a.m. 1:24 L654A
34 Hae 12:01 a.m. 0:02 L602C

Hae's body is found

February 9, 1999

Memorial Service for Hae

March 11, 1999

Held at Woodlawn High School

Jay's story

01. Adnan Leaves School and Drives to Jay's House

January 13, 1999

02. Jay forgets to buy a birthday gift for his girlfriend, Stephanie, so Adnan helps Jay pick something out at the mall

January 13, 1999

03. Jay then drives Adnan back to school

January 13, 1999

13. They drive around some more

January 13, 1999

By this time, Hae's family is worried and they had called the police. The police reach out to a couple of Hae's friends including Adnan

15. Jay and Adnan drive to Jay's house to get some shovels and go retrieve Hae's car from the park and ride

January 13, 1999

07. They both leave the parking lot (Adnan's driving Hae's car with her body in the trunk and Jay's driving Adnan's car)

January 13, 1999

08. They ditch Hae's car at the I-70 Park and Ride and leave the body in the trunk

January 13, 1999

14. Jay goes to smoke weed at a friend's 5:20-5:30

January 13, 1999

16. They go to Leakin Park where Adnan and Jay bury Hae

January 13, 1999

It's evening now (7-8 pm), Takes 20-25minutes, whole is 6 inches deep

05. Jay goes back to his friend Jenn's house waiting for the call to come

January 13, 1999

Jay Confirms Hae is Dead at 2:36

January 13, 1999

06. Later that afternoon, Jay calls Adnan at Best Buy and tells Jay to come get him

January 13, 1999

According to Jay, Adnan calls him from a telephone booth. However, there's no record of this telephone booth ever existing. In a picture of the store from 2001 the telephone booth isn't there, blueprints from the store in 1995 don't indicate a phonebooth being there, and there are no records of service agreements between Best Buy and a service company. So...how would Adnan have called Jay if Jay had his phone?

10. After a while, Jay drives Adnan back to Woodlawn High School for track practice

January 13, 1999

12. After track practice, Jay picks Adnan up again

January 13, 1999

09. After they ditch the car, they "tool around" Baltimore Country together

January 13, 1999

Buy weed, make calls, cruise around

Jay was blackmailed by Adnan

January 13, 1999

Adnan knew that Jay couldn't go to the police because he was involved and he was a drug dealer which made him look unreliable

04. Adnan leaves his cellphone in Jay's car and tells Jay he will call him

January 13, 1999

11. Adnan makes call before they reach school

January 13, 1999

Jay says that on the phone Adnan speaks Arabic, but Adnan's family argues that Adnan doesn't know Arabic, Pashto or Urdu

Jay says that Hae was with another guy which made Adnan very angry. According to Jay, Adnan said "I think i'm going to kill her."

January 13, 1999

Jay said that Adnan first planned to kill Hae in her car- Adnan told him he was going to tell Hae his car was broken down and ask for a ride

January 13, 1999

Jay's first interview with the detectives

February 28, 1999

When Jay was brought in for questioning, he was questioned off-tape for an hour before it was recorded

Jay's second interview with the detectives

March 15, 1999

3 hours 15 minutes after Jay arrives at police station before they turn on tape-recorder

Jay's drawing for the detectives of the Best Buy parking lot

Jay's third interview with detectives

March 18, 1999

Adnan's Story

Adnan Goes to the Library before Track Practice

January 12, 1999 2:15 PM

Officer Haddock calls Adnan looking for Hae 6:07-6:24

1/13/1999

6:24 Officer Addcock calls Adnan

January 13, 1999

Claims he never made the Nisha phone call

January 13, 1999

Free period 11:15 AM

1/13/1999

Claims to be at school

Adnan calls Jay and offers to give him his car.

January 13th, 1999

He does not have any significant memories about the day the crime was committed

january 13 1999

11:15-11:30 Jay drops off Adnan at school

1/13/1999

Jay picks up Adnan from track practice 4:30-5:00 pm

1/13/1999

Adnan goes to Track Practice 3:30-4:30 or 5:00

1/13/1999

Psychology Class 12:50-2:15

1/13/99

Adnan said he went to the Woodlawn Public Library and has a conversation with Aisha. This is when the murder was said to have been carried out. 2:15-2:30

1/13/1999

Adnan calls Jenn for a second time 12:41 p.m.

1/13/1999

Adnan goes home to pick up food for his father who is at the mosque 7:00-8:00 pm

1/13/1999

Adnan Says there is no possible time he can strangle Hae and transport the body in the allotted amount of time

January 13, 1999

Adnan calls Jenn home 12:07 p.m.

1/13/1999

Adnan shows up at Psychology Class 1:27

1/13/1999

Claims to be at school

Adnan and Jay go to Cathy's 6:00 pm

1/13/1999

Photography Class

January 13th, 1999 7:45

Claims to be at school

Adnan gets arrested

February 28, 1999

Prosecution's Story

Best Buy Parking Lot

January 13, 1999

Adnan calls Jay from a phone booth at 2:36 for five seconds. There is no proof this phone booth existed, but the call record given by the cell tower of this call is what won the case. HOWEVER in the blue print it says there is a phone booth.

Other Characters' Stories

On New Years Day, Hae has her first official date with Don and they start going out.

December 31 1998

According to Chris, Jay tells Chris he wants to stab him to show him how it feels like to be stabbed

1999

A possible second witness

Approx. January 13, 1999

Laura says a "Neighbor boy" tells her that he just saw Adnan with a dead body in the back of his car. Laura tells her dad Dave who files a police report saying, "“My daughter just heard something about a dead body” “It was the neighbor boy who had mentioned it”. What is weird is that the police never file the report until April 28th, 2 months after Adnan is in jail. But Laura says they filed it on the day Hae died.

From 2:20-2:40, Asia says that she saw Adnan at the Library

January 13, 1999

Asia is only one who can testify to Adnan's alibi, yet nobody contacts her about it. Asia's missing testimony inspires a retrial.

Jay and Adnan are at Cathy's

Approx. January 13, 1999

Jay and Adnan go to Cathy's to hangout. Jay says this was after he picked up Adnan from track at 6'oclock. Cathy says it was weird that they showed up because she isn't friends with them. Adnan didn't talk the whole time and seemed strange. He got a suspicious phone call and then went into the car for a while and then left with Jay. Jay was wondering how to get rid of a high because he has something important he needs to do.

Asia's Letter to Adnan

January 13, 1999

Talk to Summer

January 13, 1999

Sara received an email from Hai’s friend Summer about her death. Summer said that it is impossible that Hai Leigh was at Best Buy at 2:36, because there was absolutely no reason for her to be there at that time. Summer also tells Sara that Hai had said that she would make it to their wrestling match on her own (i.e. drive her car). This happened during their discussion about going to the match together; Hai had decided she was not going to catch the bus. However, Hai never made it to the wrestling match.
Although Summer spoke to Sara about the time that Hae went missing, she had never spoken to the detectives about it. The last call on file revealed that Hai was in the parking lot of the Wood Lawn High Library at 3:15pm. In the midst of Hai missing, Adnan was very panicked after receiving a call from Crista, Hai’s good friend, about her missing. This made Adnan even more upset, especially when he found out that she told the cops to speak to him.

Mr. S (a streaker) find's Hae's body

February 9, 1999

Mr. S says that he had to go to the bathroom, while he was he found Hae's body. He was also drinking at this time and far away from his car. His story seems sketchy and they don't fully believe him.

Random caller told the police to look at Adnan as a suspect

February 12 1999

Random caller told the police that a year ago Adnan informed his friend “Vasser Ali” that “if he ever hurt his girlfriend, he would drive her car into a lake.”

Jean tells police that Jay told her Adnan killed Hae

February 13, 1999

Detective as well as most people are really unsure on the correct story of Jay because he isn't consistent when describing his view.

February 28 1999

In this episode of the podcast, Koenig also talks to detective Jim Trainum, a detective who works with pulling apart false confessions, however he was skeptical of some aspects in the case at well, one of them being the inconsistencies in Jay’s entire story. Trainum states, “But what I’m saying is this: the mechanics, the documentation, the steps that they took, and all of that, they look good. Okay? I would have probably followed this same route. However, what we’re unsure of is what happened to change Jay’s story from A to B, and we do not know what happened in the interrogating– those three hours and that will always result in a question as to what the final outcome should have been.”

A juror said that she assumed Jay was telling the truth because it would be dumb to make it up because he would go to jail anyway

february 28 1999

Shamim Ramin (Adnan's mom) feels like the police discriminated against the muslims

2/28/1999

Discrepancies

Jay makes a call as he's about to be dropped off at Woodlawn

January 13, 1999

There's a call at 4:27 on the log, but it doesn't ping near Woodlawn. Plus, according to the detective, they were supposed to be at Patapsco at this time.

Cops never checked Jay's house for evidence

January 13, 1999

Jay tells the cops that it takes him about fifteen or twenty minutes to get to the Mall in Edmonson, but it is It's just a few blocks from where they ditched Hae's car

January 13, 1999

Don, Hae's boyfriend, should be looked at

January 13, 1999

There's a whole side trip where Adnan and Jay supposedly take that afternoon, after Hae's been killed to smoke some weed at Patapsco State Park. That trip disappears by trial

January 13, 1999

Never tested the DNA on the alcohol bottle

January 13, 1999

At the first trial, Jay says they both got high in Adnan's car, but the second trial, he says only he smoked and Adnan didn't want to.

January 13, 1999

In the first interview, Jay says Adnan only told him that same day that he was going to kill Hae. Two weeks later, Jay says that Adnan had started talking about it beforehand,four or five days before

January 13, 1999

Fibers on Hae were never tested

January 13, 1999

DNA not properly investigated

January 13, 1999

DNA swabs and investigating was all very strange. Never tested the fibers on Hae or objects around the crime scene.

Evidence Destroyed

January 13, 1999

an e-mail, in 2008, from the Baltimore Police, saying that he believes items from this case have been destroyed, but he doesn’t have a document saying that that is true.

In the first interview, Jay says they're at a restaurant when Officer Adcock calls Adnan asking if he's seen Hae. The next time he tells it, he says they are at a friends house

January 13, 1999

In the first taped statement, Jay says he refused to help dig a grave for Hae. Two weeks later, he says they both dug the hole.

January 13, 1999

Jay says Adnan asked for help with the murder on the 12th. But, by the time Jay testifies at trial, he goes back to the first version again – that he knew nothing until the day of.

January 13, 1999

When Jay was brought in for questioning, he was questioned off-tape for an hour before it was recorded

February 28 1999

Initially, Jay says he and Adnan went to the Westview mall,but in a second interview,Jay says they went to Security Square Mall

March 15, 1999

Jay says Adnan called and asked him to pick him up from Best Buy-- not the Westview or Security Square Mall

March 15, 1999

Jay's interview with cops isn't fully recorded

March 15, 1999

Feb 28th the cops first bring Jay in
Talk to him for an hour before they turn the tape on
Then, on March 15th, the second interview. Jay signs his initials to an official explanation of rights form at 3:15 p.m. Then the tape starts.
6:20 p.m. So from 3:15 to 6:20, three hours have gone by since Jay signed that form. This is what’s called the pre-interview, and Trainum says, that’s where the mischief can happen.