‘Serial’ streams new episode after Adnan Syed launched

“Serial” explored Syed’s conviction for the homicide of his highschool girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Choose Melissa Phinn of the Baltimore Metropolis Circuit Court docket vacated his 1999 conviction on Monday.

In 2014, “Serial,” which is hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig, helped propel curiosity in podcasts and Syed’s specific case.

“Serial” explored Syed’s conviction for the homicide of his highschool girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Choose Melissa Phinn of the Baltimore Metropolis Circuit Court docket vacated his 1999 conviction on Monday.

In 2014, “Serial,” which was hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig, helped set off each an curiosity in podcasts and Syed’s specific case. Season 1, comprised of 12 episodes, set podcast information on the time of its launch with greater than 300 million downloads, in keeping with producers of this system.

It stays incessantly cited as some of the widespread podcasts on the planet and was No. 1 on Apple’s podcast chart on Tuesday, the identical day a brand new episode launched during which Koenig explains how Syed’s launch happened.

“According to the prosecutor’s office, they didn’t set out to pick apart Adnan’s case — their own case mind you,” Koenig says within the new episode. “They say it just kind of crumbled once they took a hard look.”

Syed had been serving a life sentence for first-degree homicide, theft, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Materials within the state investigation ​that was not correctly turned over to Syed’s protection attorneys, and ​the existence of two suspects ​who could have been improperly cleared as a part of the investigation, had been cited as the explanations for the conviction being vacated.

“Adnan’s case was a mess — is a mess. That’s pretty much where we were when we stopped reporting in 2014,” Koenig says in podcast. “Baltimore City Police have told the prosecutor’s office they’re gonna put someone back on the case. Someone will try to talk to the two suspects Becky [Feldman, chief of the state’s attorney’s office sentencing review unit] identified in the motion. I have zero predictions about what could come of that. But I do know that the chances of the state ever trying to prosecute Adnan again are remote at best.”

Prosecutors have 30 days to determine whether or not to pursue a brand new trial in opposition to Syed.