TV Special About Adnan Syed And His ‘Serial’ Season One Case Airs This Month
“Serial” Season One fans, brace yourselves! This mysterious case will now receive its own television special, where you will get to see evidence presented and learn new information gleaned from interviews. The Investigation Discovery special, which airs June 14, is entitled “Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty?” and will document the 1999 murder case.
The case was initially brought back to light when featured on the wildly popular “Serial” podcast, where listeners spent hours poring over the details narrated by host Sarah Koenig (below).
For those who have not followed the story, in 2000 Syed was given a life sentence plus 30 years after being convicted of the murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. At the time, both were students at Baltimore’s Woodlawn High School. Lee went missing in January of 1999, and it was weeks before her body was found just a few miles from the school. Syed was convicted with two key pieces of evidence, a cooperating witness and cellphone tower that placed Syed where the body was eventually found.
It sounds like an open-and-shut case until you hear that the witness, Jay Wilds was a known drug dealer and had several inconsistencies in his testimony. Eventually he even admitted to making up some of what he said. And if that’s not bad enough, the cell phone company explicitly wrote the State of Maryland to tell them the location information was unreliable. The technology back then was not what it is today.
The case has been wrought with drama: There have been mistrials and appeals, petitions and potentially ineffective representation to boot.
The most recent twist in this case has given Syed the potential for a new trial. Asia McClain Chapman, a former classmate of Syed and Lee’s, has come forward and stated that she was with Syed after school on the day that Lee went missing. According to Chapman, she previously offered her testimony to Syed’s lawyers but nothing ever came of it. Chapman has allegedly written to Syed in prison twice offering to make a statement if ever needed.
It is due to this developing evidence that Syed’s new lawyers began to seek a another trial. Although this may bring fresh hope to some, Lee’s family is completely distraught by the news. The family truly believes that Syed is their daughter’s killer, and to reopen the case will only serve to reopen their wounds.
Currently, everyone involved is playing the waiting game. There is no telling how long it will take retired Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Martin P. Welch to make the decision on whether or not Syed will get a new trial.
Until then you will have to keep up with the case by catching up on Serial or watching the Investigation Discovery show on June 14. According to Refinery 29, the special will feature ABC News correspondent Ryan Smith conducting the first ever one-on-one interview with Syed’s defense attorney, Justin Brown. Additionally there will be interviews with friends and teachers of Syed and Lee, one of Syed’s former lawyers and even a juror from the 2000 trial.