Didn’t like “Serial” Season 2? Well, Investigation Discovery has your fix for all the latest on the landmark first season of “Serial,” which introduced tens of millions of podcast listeners to the murky Adnan Syed murder case.
ID’s “Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty?” will examine new evidence that has been submitted to Maryland courts. Some of the new stuff has already been reported on via interstitials in “Serial” Season 2, while others were covered elsewhere in the national mania that followed the freshman run.
Syed was convicted for the 1999 murder of his former high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. He has maintained his innocence and through “Serial” has convinced many listeners that perhaps an actual “reasonable doubt” exists.
“As Investigation Discovery did earlier this year with a special on the controversial Steven Avery case as featured in the hit Netflix series ‘Making a Murderer,’ we are excited to share the latest in this unfolding saga with viewers,” said Henry Schleiff, Group president, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “The serialized podcast in 2014 has more than 130 million downloads to date, proving unequivocally that this is one of the great true crime stories of our time. With a judge expecting to make a decision at any time, we want to give our viewers not only the crucial information surrounding Adnan Syed’s case, but also the personal, first-hand accounts of what to expect from key players.”
Syed’s current defense attorney Justin Brown will give his first-ever one-on-one interview for the June 14 special, which features ABC News correspondent Ryan Smith. His team’s plan is mostly to focus on the two below pieces of evidence, which are currently being reexamined by the Baltimore City circuit court:
- Potential alibi witness, Asia McClain. McClain says she was in the library with Syed after school on Jan. 13, 1999, at the exact same time prosecutors say Hae Min Lee was murdered. On the heels of the June release of a memoir recounting her experience, “Confessions of a Serial Alibi,” the special features interview excerpts from McClain’s exclusive interview on “Good Morning America” earlier this year.
- New information about cell phone tower evidence — based on what was then a fledgling technology — that was ultimately used to convict Syed in 2000 over AT&T’s caution.
Also interviewed in the special is Dr. William Manion, a medical examiner with nearly 30 years of experience who reviewed the autopsy report, and provides insight into critical information about that report that could also play a key role in a new trial, ID said.
Additional interviews include:
- Saad Chaudry: Adnan’s best friend
- Krista Meyers (Krista Remmers): friend of Hae and Adnan
- Douglas Colbert: Adnan’s original attorney for bail
- Inez Butler: Hae’s teacher and last to see her on campus
- Mohammad Jameel: president of the Islamic Society of Baltimore
- Bob Ruff: independent podcaster/ case expert
- Theodore Wojtas: juror from 2000 trial
- Philip Buddemeyer: former Baltimore City surveyor who assessed body at the scene
- Roberto Gutierrez: son of Christina Gutierrez
Fans of the podcast will probably notice that neither “Serial” host and producer Sarah Koenig is participating, nor is Jay Wilds, the man who claims he helped Syed bury Lee’s dead body in Leakin Park. ID told TheWrap that both key players cited “scheduling conflicts” when asked to be interviewed.
“Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty” is produced for Investigation Discovery by ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions, with Terence Wrong as executive producer, as well as senior producers Glenn Silber, Aysu Grodowski and Andy Genovese. For Investigation Discovery, Diana Sperrazza is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager.
The special premieres Tuesday, June 14, at 9/8c on ID.