At the premiere in 2015, the podcast "Serial" exploded on iTunes, re-examining a closed murder case in Baltimore. The theme of this series, Adnan Syed, was renegotiated by Maryland's second highest court. The decision comes largely from a failure to call a witness named Asia McClain, who says she saw Syed at a local library on the day of the murder.
On January 13, 1999, an 18-year-old woman named Hae Min Lee was missing from Baltimore County. She was last seen driving off Woodlawn High School in a gray Nissan Sentra. Lee's body was found a month later in Baltimore's Leakin Park.
She was strangled.
7, was eventually charged with murder – detectives persecuted him as a suspect after an anonymous tip. The prosecutors said Syed murdered her out of jealousy after she found out she was with someone else. No physical evidence linked Syed with the crime, but one witness testified that he helped Syed bury her body. Syed never admitted to kill Lee.
Rabia Chaudry, one Syed's girlfriend and author of "Adnan's Story: Seeking Truth and Justice after Serial" previously told The Sun that she believes Syed's Muslim heritage has made police and prosecutors blind to the holes in their investigation.
"They could find no evidence that Adnan was a violent friend or that he had a history of being abusive so they needed to be rel igion as a substitute. They had to demonize a whole community by arguing that Adnan, because he is a Muslim, has the potential to do so.
Sarah Koenig, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, spent a year investigating the case for NPR's "This American Life." With the help of Sun reporter Justin George, the resulting podcast series " Downloaded in a million copies and attracting new attention.
In the final episode of the series, Koenig spoke to a former classmate of Syed and Hae named Asia McClain. "Now McClain told Chapman that she had Syed on the day of the murder seen from the Woodlawn Library. Chapman later testified in an affidavit and at a hearing on Syed's case.
He was "completely normal," she said in 2016.
After his arrest in 1999, Chapman wrote a letter to Syed and offered to help him if he felt that the information required for a defense said to be useful, but never heard of Syeds d'efense
Chapman's testimony was not heard at Syed's 2000 trial.
Syed was granted a hearing in February 2016 after the conviction that his new lawyers argued was his original lawyer Call Chapman fails as an alibi witness. They also questioned the reliability of the cell phone evidence used to place Syed where Lee's body was found.
Four months later, retired judge Martin Welch, who had denied Syed's earlier application for a new trial, condemned his conviction and ordered a new trial. The judge said questions about the mobile phone evidence had to be collected from Syed's original team ,
The Attorney General's Office of Maryland appealed against Welch's verdict in August 2016. And this week, the appeals court upheld Mary Welch's verdict. An appeal was filed against this decision, which was forwarded to the Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state.
The police's failure to testify to Chapman in 2000 played a key role in Thursday's decision to grant Syed a new trial. Chief Justice Patrick L. Woodward wrote in the Supreme Court's ruling that it was reasonable to believe that Chapman's testimony would have "created reasonable doubts in the minds of at least one jury," thereby changing the outcome of the entire process.
Syed's first lawyer, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, died of a heart attack in 2004. She had resigned after the state appeals court granted her the "release" in 2001 after claiming that the money was being sought by clients for a trust account. t there. Gutierrez said she was too ill to practice law or fight exclusion.
In 2016, Deputy Maryland Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah stated that notes from Gutierrez's case stated that prosecuting Ms. McClain was not a worthwhile undertaking. 19659002] Vignarajah said Chapman's report did not fit with Syed's own report to the police of his movements on that day and raised a series of "warning signs and red flags" that Gutierrez could reasonably have chosen to hold back.
Chapman unknowingly described participation in the "Serial" podcast. She said she assumed it was a sparsely-watched internet radio show. But her report became an important chapter in the 12-episode series, and she "heard" the program.