#FreeAdnan Gains Traction Again

The State of Maryland is Funding New DNA Testing that Could lead to the Release of Adnan Syed


Emma Bowman

Picture of Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee attending a dance together.

   The infamous murder case of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee might finally get an answer on what happened on January 13th, 1999.  Last week it was confirmed that the state of Maryland is funding a DNA test on Hae Min Lee’s belongings, which could lead to the release of Adnan Syed.

   If you have taken Journalism here at LCN, you would know that the entire podcast unit is focused on studying the Serial Podcast. The season dives into the twists and turns of the tragic murder of Hae Min Lee, and the arrest of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. If you are not familiar with the case, on January 13th, 1999 Woodlawn High School senior, Hae Min Lee, went mysteriously missing. She was later found on February 9th in a local park that is notorious for being a popular “dumping ground.” 

   No one knows exactly what happened to her that day, but there was a lot of speculation that Syed had something to do with it. Especially since he claimed he couldn’t recall anything from after school that day, except that Hae Min Lee was supposed to drive him home. Later on in the investigation, one of Adnan Syed’s friends, Jay Wilds, came forward with new information on what could have happened that night. He claimed that Syed had killed Hae Min Lee in the Best Buy parking lot, then called him for help. Although when Wilds was questioned about it again, his story changed ever so slightly. But the one thing that kept his story reliable was that Syed’s phone pinged off every cell phone tower following Wilds’ story, even down to the exact time.

   Eventually after Wilds’ confession, Adnan Syed was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of Lee. Syed was found guilty for Lee’s murder, resulting in being charged with first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. Throughout these 22 years, Syed has claimed his innocence, and his family has been fighting for his release since he was convicted. 

 With help from  new DNA testing, hope for Syed’s release has grown within his supporters. It was confirmed that Hae Min Lee’s skirt, sweater, shirt, panties, bra, shoes, and hair will be tested. Along with a rape kit, DNA under her right finger nail, oral swab and pubic hair comb. All the items will go through touch DNA analysis that’s being sent to a lab in California in hopes that the killer’s DNA will be pulled from it. With this new evidence the killer might finally come into the light. 

   Many people believe that the murderer was actually Ronald Lee Moore, who was a convicted rapist and suspected serial killer. He was released from Baltimore County, Maryland, about a month before Hae Min Lee went missing. Moore also had the same modus operandi as the person who killed Lee, which was strangulation. He was recently connected to another murder of a women in Maryland through DNA testing, so speculations that he will be revealed as the killer of Lee is very high.