Female ‘cult member’ Marie Adel Hider Wednesday pled guilty to murder, kidnapping and robbery in Alabama’s Northern District Court
Hider, 21, lured college students, Adam Simjee, 22, and his girlfriend Mikayla Paulus, 20, into the woods at by pretending to be a stranded driver s they were driving near Cheaha State Park, Alabama, on Aug 14, 2022
Hider drew a gun and robbed the couple before getting into a gunfight with Simjee who was fatally hit in the gunfight
Hider’s partner Krystal Diane Pinkins, 37, who planned the robbery and provided the firearm before watching from the nearby woods, faced similar charges a few days earlier and was also convicted of murder
Both convicts face a maximum penalty of life in prison for murder and unlawful use of a firearm, with an additional maximum of 15 years for the for robbery conviction
Marie Adel Hider, 21, pleaded guilty to killing college student Adam Simjee, 22, [right], while he and his girlfriend Mikayla Paulus, [left], tried to help Hider who had lured them into the woods as they were driving near Cheaha State Park, Alabama
A female ‘cult member’ pled guilty to murder after luring a young college student victim and his girlfriend into a forest and fatally shooting him in August 2022.
Marie Adel Hider, 21, on Wednesday pled guilty in the Northern District of Alabama to murder, kidnapping and robbery charges for killing college student Adam Simjee, 22. She now faces up to life in prison on the count of murder.
The heinous incident took place on August 14, 2022, when Florida college students Simjee, 22, and his girlfriend, Mikayla Paulus, 20, were driving near Cheaha State Park, Alabama.
The young couple were flagged down by Hider on the pretext of a broken down car. After getting the pair to pull over and getting, asking if they could help jump-start her car, she robbed them and then shot Simjee as he pulled out his own weapon in an attempt to defend himself and his girlfriend.
Krystal Diane Pinkins, who has been connected to Rashad Jamal’s University of Intelligence ‘cult’ alongside Hider, faced her own trial earlier this week.
Pinkins was also convicted of murder, robbery and unlawful use of a firearm during a crime of violence for her involvement with the incident in the Talladega National Forest.
Female ‘cult’ member Marie Adel Hider [left], 21, pled guilty to murder, kidnapping and robbery for killing college student Adam Simjee in court on Wednesday and faces up to life in prison for her horrific crime. Her accomplice Krystal Pinkins [right], 37, faced similar charges a few days earlier was also convicted of murder
Krystal Diane Pinkins, 37, of Memphis, Tennessee, was sentenced after four days of testimony after evidence showed that she planned the robbery, provided the firearm and watched from the nearby woods, according to Northern Alabama’s DA office.
After the shooting, Pinkins fled into the woods where she was found six hours later hiding in a secluded campsite.
Both convicts face the maximum penalty for murder and unlawful use of a firearm during a crime of violence is life in prison, with an additional maximum of 15 years for the for robbery conviction.
There were no records to show that neither Hider nor Pinkins had an address in Memphis, Tennessee. The two women had been living off the grid in Alabama’s Cheaha State Park.
On August 14, 2022, Simjee and Paulus who were getting ready to begin the school year at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, had been driving to hike and see the waterfalls at Cheaha State Park.
Simjee pulled over to the side of the road to assist Maria Adel Hider, who told the couple that her car had broken down.
Simjee pulled out his own weapon to defend him and his girlfriend against their kidnapper but Hider shot him fatally. The couple had been driving to hike and see the waterfalls at Cheaha State Park when Hider stopped them and asked them for help with her car problems
Mikayla Paulus helped her boyfriend work on the car for an hour until they realized that it wouldn’t start – at which point Hider pulled out a gun on the duo and forced them into the woods.
Hider asked the ‘Good Samaritans, to drop their cell phones and hand over their banking information, prompting Simjee pulled out a gun to protect himself and his girlfriend.
Simjee was fatally hit in the crossfire and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Hider who was also hit was sent to the hospital to treat her wounds, where she was later charged with murder.
In a heartfelt tribute to her longtime lover, Paulus said her ‘world ended’ the say Simjee died on August 14.: ‘My reason for being, my soulmate, my life partner, the future father of my children, died in the middle of a state park in Alabama.
‘The victims of this terrible crime were simply being good Samaritans’, said FBI Birmingham Special Agent in Charge Carlton Peeples.
Peeples said: ‘Today’s verdict sends a strong message that individuals who commit these crimes will be held accountable for their actions. I would like to thank the many local, state and federal resources that came together to seek justice for the victim. I hope today’s verdict can bring continued healing to the families and friends who will be forever impacted.’
The pair were ordered to drop their phones and hand over their banking information by Hider. Simjee swiftly pulled out his gun and ordered Hider to get to the ground. Hider then began playing with her gun before firing one fatal shot at Simjee
The ‘cult’ that Hider and Pinkins have been connected to is the University of Cosmic Intelligence cult that preaches to African Americans and Latinos and believes they are the natural earthly beings, not white people, according to Fox News.
The group is led by Rashad Jamal White – known as Rashad Jamal to his followers.
He recently claimed he, and blacks and Latinos, are ‘gods.’
Jamal is also currently detained on accusations of child molestation and child cruelty.
In January, another of the ‘cult’s’ followers Damien Winslow Washam, 24, was accused of killing his mother with a sword and injuring his disabled uncle and brother.
In a heartfelt tribute to her longtime lover, Paulus said her ‘world ended’ the say Simjee died on August 14. ‘My reason for being, my soulmate, my life partner, the future father of my children, died in the middle of a state park in Alabama
Adam Simjee leaves behind his parents, younger sister, and long-time girlfriend Mikayla Paulus
Washam led police on a pursuit after fleeing the home he allegedly stabbed his mother in. Mobile County Captain Paul Burch said the he had ‘absolutely no remorse whatsoever.’
The sword was found inside his car.
Washam’s father, Hubert, told Vice’s Motherboard that his son used to play a lot of video games – he learned about the ‘cult’ through a Call of Duty chat – and was a normal person before he got into Jamal’s preaching.
In January, another of the ‘cult’ followers of spirituality influencer, Jamal Rashad [photo], was accused of killing his mother with a sword and injuring his disabled uncle and brother. Rashad himself has been convicted of child molestation and cruelty to children
He had reportedly learned about the University of Cosmic Intelligence through a Call of Duty chat and soon became obsessed with getting energy from the sun..
He was listening to those conspiracy kind of videos and it was dumb as hell,’ his father told Motherboard. ‘It was stupid. I tried to look at some of these videos and I can’t even listen to them, it’s so dumb. Lizard people and aliens.’
After he started watching Jamal’s video, he allegedly started doing ‘crazy-a** stuff’ and smoking marijuana again and sold his PlayStation. He also became obsessed with Egyptian gods and the underworld and started buying edged weapons.
Cult leader Rashad Jamal in his videos claimed that blacks and Latinos are ‘gods.’ – His alleged three followers interacted with his preaching before their crimes
Damien Washam of Mobile, Alabama, was arrested in Jan. 2022, for killing his mother with a sword, then injuring his uncle and brother. Washam like Hider and Pinkins are followers of the University of Cosmic Intelligence leader Rashad Jamal White, aka ‘Rashad Jama,
His father would later find out he had purchased a gun, the sword and thousands of dollars of crystals from the University of Cosmic Intelligence’s store.
‘He was acting strange. He got really strange,’ his father told Motherboard. ‘And it didn’t seem like, you know – it was strange, but it wasn’t like a mental illness to us. It was more like – I don’t know. I don’t know how to explain it.’
Washam’s motive is still unknown.
The murder of the college couple by Hider and Pinkins came eight months after Washam’s sword-murder.
An gofundme account set up to help Simjee’s family raise money for his funeral costs and help pay for Paulus’ counseling and other expenses as she tries to move forward, has raised more than $18,000 of the goal of $30,000 goal.