Trials

Official Court Transcripts of Adnan Syed’s First and Second Trials in 1999 and 2000

If you want to look up something that was said during one of the trials, such as Hae Min Lee’s mother’s heartbreaking comments at the sentencing hearing, or what Debbie W said (or couldn’t remember) at trial, or even whether the prosecution’s closing arguments did or did not depend on a certain timeline, then you’ve come to the right place. This page has all the trial transcripts from both Adnan’s first, prematurely ended trial in 1999, or the second trial in early 2000 (this verdict was overturned in 2016).

There are files with all the events from each day, but beware, those files are often very large and may take a little time to open or download. We have done best to reduce the size for you, but there are limits because the original quality was fairly poor. If you are searching for something said by (or to) a specific witness said, you could try the smaller files we made for each witness.

Trial 1

December 8 to 15, 1999

Defendant: Adnan Syed
Attorney for the Defendant: Maria Cristina Gutierrez.
Attorneys for the State: Kevin Urick and Kathleen C Murphy

Judge: William Quarles, Associate Judge for Baltimore City Circuit Court

Adnan’s first trial was delayed for a few months, but eventually started on 8th December 1999.  He had chosen a jury trial. It ended prematurely when Judge Quarles declared a mistrial.

Date/ full file Details / links to extract files 

Day 1

Wed, Dec 8 1999

Trial Starts

The trial transcript for this day is not available.
From the discussions the following day we do know it was the first day of the trial and included jury selection (voir dire) as well as discussions, and probably agreements, about items which might later be introduced into evidence.

Day 2

Thu, Dec 9 1999

Preliminary discussions – p3
Defendant enters courtroom – p7
Voir dire – Jury Selection – p9
Jury sworn in – p130
Judge Quarles’ introduction – p131
Prosecution opening statement – Urick – p133
Defence opening statement – Gutierrez – p138

Day 3

Fri, Dec 10 1999

State’s case begins

Young Lee – Hae’s brother – p4
Nisha – Adnan’s romantic interest – p25
Officer Scott Adcock – County PD officer who responded to initial call on January 13 – p37
Sergeant Kevin Forrester – BPD homicide sergeant – p56
Salvatore Bianca – BPD Trace Analysis Unit tech – p71
Romano Thomas – BPD Mobile Crime Lab tech – p103

Day 4

Mon, Dec 13 1999

Proceedings open – p155
Emmanuel Obot – BPD Mobile Crime Lab tech – p155
Detective Sgt Joseph O’Shea – County PD detective sergeant – p160
Ms Inez Butler-Hendrix – Athletic trainer / teacher at Woodlawn High – p175
Donald C – Hae’s boyfriend in January 1999 – p195
Ms L Woodley – Deputy headteacher at Woodlawn High – p212
S Watts – School nurse at Woodlawn High – p225
Sharon Talmadge – BPD Latent Prints (fingerprints) Lab tech – p250
Krista M – Friend of Adnan and Hae at Woodlawn High – p284
Deborah W (Debbie) – Friend of Adnan and Hae at Woodlawn High – p322

Day 5

Tue, Dec 14 1999

Ms H Schab – Hae’s French teacher at Woodlawn High – p6
Margarita Korell – Medical examiner (performed autopsy) – p21
Melissa Stangroom– MD State Police forensic chemist (DNA and other testing) – p69
Yasar A – Friend of Adnan – p97
Cathy (Kristi V) – Friend of Jenn P – p123
Jay Wilds pt a– p183

Day 6

Wed, Dec 15 1999

Jay Wilds part b – p4
William Rodriguez – Naval forensic anthropologist (disinterment of body) – p229
Dr Rodriguez excused – p250

Mistrial Declared

Motion for mistrial granted – p 255
Proceedings close – p256

On the sixth day, Judge Quarles and Gutierrez had a disagreement and, despite the white noise machine, members of audience and crucially the jury overheard (p220).  This led to Quarles declaring a mistrial.

“However, I do have a note from Altemate Number 4, ‘In view of that fact that you’ve determined that Ms. Gutierrez is a liar, will she be removed? Will we start over?’
Your motion for mistrial is granted” – Judge Quarles

Trial 2

January 21 to February 25 2000

Defendant: Adnan Syed
Attorney for the Defendant: Maria Cristina Gutierrez.
Attorneys for the State: Kevin Urick and Kathleen C Murphy

Judge: Wanda Heard, Associate Judge for Baltimore City Circuit Court

After the earlier mistrial, Judge Quarles recused himself from sitting for the next trial, and so the case was held before a new judge (Heard) and of course a new jury.

 

Date/ full file Detail / Extracts

Day 1

Fri, Jan 21 2000

Trial Starts

Preliminary matters – p2
Discussion re voir dire – p3
Panel of prospective jurors sworn – p43
Roll call of the panel of prospective jurors – p43
Commencement of voir dire – questioning of jury pool members – p64

Day 2

Mon, Jan 24 2000

Preliminary Matters – p2
Roll call – p3
Voir dire resumed – questioning of jury pool members – p21
Jury selection – p253
Jury sworn – p287
Preliminary remarks by Judge Heard – p299
Tue, Jan 25 2000 Judge Heard was not able to be present due to a family funeral. (See page 18-20 of Jan 24 transcript.)
Wed, Jan 26 2000 Judge Heard was not able to be present due to a family funeral. (See page 18-20 of Jan 24 transcript.)

Day 3

Thu, Jan 27 2000

Defense objection to seating Juror Number 6 – p2
Defense motion to have the jury visit the crime scene (reserved) – p18
Defense motion for sequestration (granted) – p49
Preliminary remarks by the Court – p81
Opening Statement – Prosecution, Urick – p91
Opening Statement – Defense, Gutierrez – p109
State motion for mistrial – p148
State motion in limine re: Polygraph and referring to offenses not impeachable – p153

State’s Case begins

Emmanuel Obot – BPD Mobile Crime Lab tech – p168
Sergeant Kevin Forrester – BPD homicide sergeant – p195

Day 4

Fri, Jan 28 2000

Defense motion in limine to instruct jurors not to read any newspapers for the duration of the trial (denied) – p11
Defense motion in limine to restrict the testimony of Hope Schab – p12
Young Lee – Hae’s brother – p16
Grant Graham – Naval forensic trace analysis specialist (disinterment of body) – p81
Ms H Schab – Hae’s French teacher at Woodlawn High – p130
William Rodriguez – Naval forensic anthropologist (disinterment of body) – p158
Nisha T – Adnan’s romantic interest – p184
Krista M – School friend of Adnan and Hae – p206
Aisha P – School friend of Adnan and Hae – p237

Day 5

Mon, Jan 31 2000

Officer Scott Adcock – County PD officer who responded to initial call from Hae’s family on January 13 – p5
Detective Joseph O’Shea – County PD detective sergeant – p23
Romano Thomas – BPD Mobile Crime Lab tech – p48

Day 6

Tue, Feb 01 2000

Romano Thomas – BPD Mobile Crime Lab tech – p4
Sharon Talmadge – BPD Latent Prints (fingerprints) Lab Manager – p14
Donald C – Hae’s boyfriend in Jan 1999 – p69
Salvatore Bianca – BPD Trace Analysis Unit tech – p105

Day 7

Wed, Feb 02 2000

Theresa Long – Maryland State Police forensic chemist (DNA and other testing) – p7
Margarita Korrell – Medical examiner (performed autopsy) – p34
Ms L Woodley – Deputy headteacher at Woodlawn High – p92
Day 8

Thu, Feb 03 2000

Ms S Watts – School nurse at Woodlawn High – p20
Yaser A – Friend of Adnan – p79

Day 9

Fri, Feb 04 2000

Ms Inez Butler-Hendrix – Athletic trainer / teacher at Woodlawn High – p8

Jay’s testimony begins

Jay Wilds (first day)- p115

Mon, Feb 07 2000 Presidents’ Day, National Holiday. Courts not in session

Day 10

Tue, Feb 08 2000

Abraham Waranowitz (first day) – AT&T cell phone network engineer – p6

Day 11

Wed, Feb 09 2000

Abe Waranowitz (second day)- AT&T cell phone network engineer – p31

Day 12

Thu, Feb 10 2000

Jay’s testimony resumes

Jay Wilds testimony begins – p12
Jay Wilds leaves the courtroom – p86
Jay Wilds, testimony resumes – p122

Day 13

Fri, Feb 11 2000

Jay Wilds (third day)- p58

Day 14

Mon, Feb 14 2000

Jay Wilds (fourth day)- p38

Day 15

Tue, Feb 15 2000

Jay Wilds (fifth day)- p10
Jennifer P – Friend of Jay W – p181

Day 16

Wed, Feb 16 2000

Jennifer P – Friend of Jay W – p3
Cathy (Kristi V) – Friend of Jenn P – p205
Deborah W (Debbie) – School friend of Hae and Adnan – p297

Day 17

Thu, Feb 17 2000

Deborah W (Debbie) – Friend of Hae and Adnan at Woodlawn High (Murphy) – p5
Detective Gregory MacGillivary – BPD homicide detective
Direct examination (Urick) – p152
Cross by Defense – p159
Discussions re hearsay about Mr S – p 188
Cross resumes – p215-330

Day 18

Fri, Feb 18 2000

Detective Gregory MacGillivary – BPD homicide detective
Cross examination by Defense – p2
Re-direct by State (Urick) – p174
Re-cross by Defense – p188-201
End of State’s Case – p204

Day 19

Tue, Feb 22 2000

Defense Case begins

Discussion: Mr S’s indecent exposure conviction – p2
Jay Wilds’ “guilty plea”, Anne Benaroya, Elizabeth Julian and playing videos in court – p34
Andrew Davis – Defense private investigator – p78
Philip Buddemeyer – Baltimore City surveyor – p93
Mr S – Found body in Leakin Park – p111

Day 20

Wed, Feb 23 2000

Mr S – Found body in Leakin Park – p3
Coach M Sye – Adnan’s school track coach – p97
Rebecca W (Becky)- School friend of Hae and Adnan – p114
Syed Rahman – Adnan’s father – p249

Day 21

Thu, Feb 24 2000

Syed Rahman – Adnan’s father – p4
Detective William Ritz – BPD homicide detective p21
Andrew Davis – Defense private investigator – p100
Saad Chaudry – Friend of Adnan – p113
Saad P – Friend of Adnan – p161
Maqbool P – Family friend of Adnan and mosque elder – p187
Ms B Stuckey – Adnan’s guidance counsellor at Woodlawn High – p202

End of Defense Case

Day 22

Fri, Feb 25 2000

Judge Heard – instructions to the jury – p23
Closing Arguments – Prosecution, Murphy – p47
Closing Arguments – Defense, Gutierrez – p85
Closing Arguments – Prosecution, Urick – p116
Jury Verdict – p132

Sentencing

Tue, June 06 2000

Sentencing Hearing

Defense motion for a new trial – p1
Motion denied – p6
Hae’s mother’s statement – p7
Urick’s sentencing argument – p11
Dorsey’s sentencing argument  (Adnan’s new lawyer) – p13
Adnan’s statement – p14
Judge Wanda Heard’s comments – p15

After the verdict, Gutierrez wouldn’t respond to Adnan or his parents, and they asked Judge Heard for help having her dismissed from the case. After that, a public defender, Charles H Dorsey III, was appointed to represent him at the sentencing hearing on 25 June 2000.

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What’s Missing?

The transcript for December 8, 1999, first day of first trial, is not available, and a small number of other pages are also missing.