The Case Against Adnan Syed

Premieres Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET / PT on HBO and Crave

About

THE CASE AGAINST ADNAN SYED reinvestigates the 1999 murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, brought to global attention in 2014 by the popular podcast "Serial." THE CASE AGAINST ADNAN SYED reexamines the case from the genesis of their high school relationship to the original police investigation and trial, and moves into the current day as Syed faces the prospect of a new trial after almost 20 years in jail. Directed by Amy Berg ("West of Memphis," the Oscar®-nominated "Deliver Us from Evil"), this absorbing four-part documentary series premieres Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and Crave. Along with footage and recordings from the original investigation and trial, THE CASE AGAINST ADNAN SYED features exclusive new interviews with figures from many sides of the case, including: Syed's mother, father and brothers; family friend and advocate Rabia Chaudry, who originally reached out to "Serial" podcast host Sarah Koenig; Asia McClain, a key witness in the appeal; Susan Simpson, an attorney and advocate for Syed; high school friends Aisha Pittman, Krista Meyers, Laura Estrada Sandoval and Debbie Warren; Darryl Massey, a former Baltimore City police detective on Syed's case; and key prosecution witnesses who have not spoken publicly until now.

Synopses

  • S - Episode 1

    "Forbidden Love"

    Family and friends of Adnan Syed, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee, recall their blossoming high-school romance, their emotional breakup, Lee's mysterious disappearance and the discovery of her body, and the events that led to Syed's arrest. After the podcast phenomenon "Serial" resurrects the cold case for millions, Syed's family prepares for his appeal in Feb. 2016, and a chance to discover the truth after nearly 20 years.

  • S - Episode 2

    "In Between the Truth"

    As Syed's appeal for a new trial gets underway, supporters look back at the 1999 confession of his friend, Jay Wilds, who claimed he helped Syed bury Lee's body. With questions remaining regarding the police's timeline of events, acquaintance Asia McClain becomes a key figure in providing a possible alibi for him. While private investigators consult experts in hopes of recreating circumstances surrounding evidence in the case, the veracity of Wilds' testimony is called into question years later.

  • S - Episode 3

    " 'Justice Is Arbitrary' "

    With Syed's 2016 post-conviction hearing for appeal drawing to a close, figures in the case reflect on issues raised by the original trial, including misleading cellphone records and cell tower data, questionable interviews and gaps in information related to Jay Wilds' involvement. The politicized culture in which the trial took place reveals a Korean community uniting to demand a conviction from a city they felt had systematically overlooked them, and a Pakistani-Muslim community that felt Adnan's religion and ethnicity were on trial. Memories of events are questioned and the impact of the podcast "Serial" on those involved in the story is explored. Attorney and advocate Susan Simpson, along with others, are enlisted to further probe lingering questions around the state's case against Syed.

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