College Student Murdered While Trying to Help Woman Who Staged Car Trouble, Suspect Faces 35 Years

A 21-year-old woman, Yasmine Marie Adel Hider, from Oklahoma, has pleaded guilty to the murder of 22-year-old college student Adam Simjee as reported by Law and Crime on Wednesday, October 4, 2023.

Thecrime occurred on August 14, 2022, during a robbery in Cheaha State Park, located in Talladega National Forest, Alabama.

Hider’s guilty plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor, ensuring she will face 35 years in prison when sentenced on January 4, 2024.

Adam Simjee, a 22-year-old college student at the University of Central Florida, met a tragic end while hiking with his girlfriend, Mikayla Paulus.

According to court records, the sequence of events unfolded when Hider, pretending to be in distress with a broken-down vehicle, flagged down Simjee and Paulus.

They were in Simjee’s 2010 white Chevrolet Uplander van, exploring Cheaha State Park and searching for waterfalls.

Hider claimed her blue XB Scion was broken down, and she needed assistance.

Unbeknownst to Simjee and Paulus, Hider had ulterior motives.

As Simjee attempted to jumpstart Hider’s vehicle, she pulled out a gun and demanded that the victims empty their pockets and walk deeper into the woods.

Simjee, acting in self-defense, also brandished a firearm.

The situation escalated rapidly, leading to a tragic exchange of gunfire.

Hider blamed Simjee for attempting to protect himself and his girlfriend, saying, “Are you serious?”

Gunfire erupted simultaneously, and Simjee was mortally wounded, collapsing to the ground.

In his last moments, he exclaimed, “You shot me,” and fired one final shot at Hider, who expressed remorse, saying, “Why did you shoot? It wasn’t supposed to be like this.”

Tragically, Adam Simjee succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter.

The crime scene was a harrowing sight, with Hider found near a fallen pine tree, suffering from gunshot wounds.

Mikayla Paulus, the sole witness, identified Hider as the perpetrator when authorities arrived following a 911 call reporting the shooting in the forest.

Investigators discovered crucial evidence from an agent’s body camera recording, capturing Hider’s immediate awareness of the dire consequences she faced.

She asked the responding officers about the length of her impending prison sentence, acknowledging that she was bound for incarceration.

Hider’s admission of guilt extended beyond the crime scene.

During an interview at UAB Hospital five days after the incident, she provided further incriminating statements.

Hider expressed regret for her actions, saying, “I took his whole life away.”

Unfortunately, Hider was not acting alone. Her co-defendant and friend, Krystal Diane Pinkins, a 37-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee, was also involved in the murder.

Pinkins was found guilty by a jury on September 29, 2022, on charges of robbery, unlawful use of a firearm during a crime of violence, and murder, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama.

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