The Serial podcast made Adnan Syed famous —but now the formerly convicted killer is getting his own HBO documentary. Adnan, who is currently awaiting a retrial for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, will be featured in the four-hour special which will look at the events leading up to Hae's disapperance up until the present as Syed prepares for his new trial.
Directed by Amy Berg, The Case Against Adnan Syed will examine the muder — just like the Serial podcast did in 2015 — and feature commentary from almost everyone involved in the original investigation. "Presenting new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state's case, and featuring exclusive access to Syed, the defense team, the Syed family, friends and teachers of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed, and members of City of Baltimore law enforcement," the press release for the documentary stated. "The series traces how the rush to justice and Syed's conviction in 2000 raised more questions than answers about what happened to Hae Min Lee, underscoring the instability of memory and conflicting eyewitnesses."
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In June 2016, Adnan's conviction was vacated by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Martin P. Welch after new evidence challenged the cell phone data linking Adnan to the crime scene and an alibi witness was finally able to testify. This past March, the Court of Special Appeals also ruled to vacate his conviction and granted him a new trial.
His attorney, Justin Brown, recently thanked Serial for bringing Adnan's story to light — and making a new trial possible. "Serial kind of shook the trees and that enabled us to get in contact with Asia McClain and bring her to Baltimore for the post-conviction hearing two years ago," he said, according to The New York Times. "Serial has also helped build this groundswell of support for us and for Adnan and for the case, and that has fueled these efforts and helped us to fight on as we have."
Unfortunately, no premiere date for The Case Against Adnan Syed has been announced.