When the podcast Serial premiered in October 2014, many listeners were shocked to discover that nearly the entire prosecutor's case had accused Adnan Syed of killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee Testimony of a witness – Jay Wilds. As a result, Wilds is a growing number in the reports of Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder about the process.
Although the statement by Wilds seemed to be implicitly familiar to Syed's jury, the podcast of 19459003 Serial illuminated the key details of Wilds's allegations, leading many listeners to believe that Wilds was not exactly true The slightest question would have been able to unravel his story. And Wilds was also an avowed accomplice to Syed's crime, complicating his role as the only prosecution witness.
Although Wilds did not attend Serial he conducted a three-part interview with Natasha Vargas-Cooper, the intercept and lawyer Rabia Chaudry (also Syed's childhood friend) launched the podcast [1
How did the police get to Jay Wilds?
Baltimore police are already investigating their investigation Syed after an anonymous tip told them to look at Lee's ex. They received Syed's cell phone calling lists and then looked at two recipients of calls from Syed's phone: Jennifer Pusateri and Wilds. Pusateri's first statement to the police said that she had received a call from Wilds on Syed's phone, while a later statement contained the information that Wilds had confessed to her that he had helped Syed bury Lee, though the police might already be had checked before talking to Pusateri and had him interrogated.
Since Pusateri's testimony confirmed Wild's (and also changed over time), many listeners believed that Pusateri knew more (or less?) Than she leased it. But due to the peculiarities that Wilds had contained in his testimonial – the Best Buy site, which supposedly coincides with call lists, the choking, the whereabouts of Lee's car – there was no great doubt that Wilds was somehow involved, if only on the edge. This led to some wild and totally unproven ideas about Reddit, especially that Adnan hired Jay as a kind of hitman.
Why is it important that Wilds met with the cops?
According to Susan Simpson, another lawyer working on the podcast Undisclosed the official recorded interviews between Wilds and the police revealed some strange auditory cues as to why the police would lie about the date on which they Wilds questioned. According to Simpson, if Wilds can not remember or pause a detail before answering a question, one hears a series of taps, after which Wilds always miraculously finds the right answer. Sometimes he even apologizes, as if trained to say something and forget.
If Wilds had met before the official interview with the cops, it would have been quite possible that he had been trained Simpson suggests. Add to that the fact that Wilds' boss told people at the time that Wilds had to leave work several times before the date of the official interview to speak to the police. Some have decided that listening to the recording was the sound of a person writing pen on paper very quickly on a hard surface, or just a little physical indication that Wilds needed to find the right answer quickly. No one is quite sure what they are, but the timing of the taps seems to be suspicious.
Why would Wilds have lied to the cops?
Now, according to Chaudra, the lawyer from Wilds said that the prosecutor's office was threatening him by promising to prosecute him in a predominantly white county, and Wilds, who is black, was afraid to do so what he was told. Wilds was also an adult who sold marijuana to schoolchildren, making him vulnerable. "I also performed operations from my grandmother. That would also ruin their lives, "Wilds told Vargas-Cooper. "There used to be a group of people [at Cathy’s] and I did not want them to be fooled with murder."
Wilds also makes it clear in an interview that Baltimore is not the place to be the law, wanted to be addicted to the cops or work with them – both options were not good.
What exactly did Jay Wilds do to help Adnan Syed?
Just as Wilds says, Syed pushed him to dispose Lee's body. In a police interview, Wilds said he saw the body in a car in a Best Buy car park. (Wilds would later lead the police to Lee's car, which was parked on a residential street.) In another interview, he said the body was on Edmondson Avenue, while a detective in court testified that Wilds was telling him that Dead body is in Franklintown Road.
And then in his interview Intercept told Wild that the body was actually in front of his grandma's house, but he told the police it had been at the Best Buy because he did not want to involve his grandmother. Maybe Jay is a liar. After all, he gave several contradictory locations where the murder took place and where the body was found.
What we know about Wilds and Syed proves Syed's statement that Wilds and Syed were together on Lee's assassination that day, and Jay had Syed's phone and car for an indefinite period of time. Their reports go out when Wilds says Syed showed him the body in the trunk of the car, and then Syed asked Wilds to bury Lee.
Did Jay Wilds receive the reward?
When the police investigated Lee's murder, CrimeStoppers offered a $ 3,075 reward for all the information that would lead to the murderer's arrest. One big theory is that Wilds was the anonymous Tipster who called Detective Massey and asked the police to focus on the ex-boyfriend.
Suspected evidence for this relates to the payout of the reward money. CrimeStoppers rewards are apparently being paid out the following month after the police reported the official charges this month. Based on the date of the Syed indictment, the CrimeStoppers premium should have been paid in June, but it was not paid until November. What the undisclosed pod offers for explanation is that Wilds himself could not be determined because he could not get the money back.
In September, a legal team formed to represent Wilds and quickly drafted a plea to testify against Syed. That would make Wilds collect the reward money – after detectives had officially submitted Syed's indictment on October 1 st – in November
. Unknown confirmed that Wilds was the tipster. Apparently, Wilds had asked about the selling price of a motorcycle for teachers, the Kelly Blue Book estimated at $ 3,000. The teacher, Mr. Brown, did not know Syed or Lee. He raised his eyebrows as he took part in the investigation. And detective notes limited Brown's interview with the word "REWARD" in capital letters. Unknown claims that Wilds would use the reward money to buy the bike, but Brown says he sold it to someone else.
If Wilds received the reward money as a tipster, but that information was not shared, it would have immediately led to a new trial. This is a controversial point as Syed was granted a new trial in 2018.
Will Wilds retract his earlier testimony when requested for the new trial?
Of the statements that Wilds made in 2014 The Intercept it seems unlikely that he would do so.
He remembers a tense meeting with Koenig, who tried to convince him to join the podcast, and recalls that Koenig told him there were new developments in the case. Wilds replied, "[T] his husband drove up to my grandmother's house, dropped the trunk, and had his dead girlfriend in the trunk. Everything that becomes innocent [Syed] does not affect me. Hae was dead before she came to my house. There is a specific point in which I participated. I do not know what happened before. "
Wilds and his family have tried to step out of the spotlight, with Wilds citing the danger that his cooperation with the police will shut down his family, even though he claims he has tried stonewall the cops for as long as possible they broke him down.
Although Wilds is part of his story – at least the one he told The Intercept – Chaudry and Undisclosed found further evidence that would not only relieve Syed. but also Wilds himself.
There remain many questions about Wild's true role in this case, but there is no lack of theories.