2004 High School Mock Trial Case: State of South Carolina v. Chris Lee
The Abraham Lincoln High School Senior Formal was held on May 16, 2003. Following the formal, several students went to the home of Chris Lee. Chris's parents were out of town for the weekend. When Chris's parents returned, they learned of the unauthorized party when they discovered a broken dining room window, a raided liquor cabinet, and a missing gun. Mr. Lee reported the stolen gun to the police. Chris was grounded until the end of the school year.
In spite of being grounded, Chris attended a party the following Friday, May 23, 2003, at the home of classmate Alex Fisher. Chris was seen at the party arguing with longtime friend Amanda ("Mandy") Jackson. Sometime later, Chris and Mandy reportedly left in Mandy's car with Mandy's former boyfriend, Josh Grant.
Late in the evening on Saturday, May 24, 2003, Mandy's mother reported her missing. She was last seen leaving the party with Josh and Chris. On Sunday, May 25, 2003, Mandy's car was found in the parking lot near the playground at a local park. The police found a bullet and blood stains in the car.
Josh left for the Army on Monday, May 26, 2003, before the police could locate and interview him. He had registered the Monday after the senior formal. The police were unable to contact Josh as he had been deployed to the Persian Gulf.
After interviewing witnesses and conducting extensive forensic analysis, the police arrested and charged Chris Lee for the murder of Mandy Jackson. Mandy's body was never found.