One of the main questions people who have been following the case against Adnan Syed always ask, is—why on earth would the State's star witness, Jay Wilds, completely lie through his teeth when it came to his testimony that Syed strangled a girl to death?

I mean, who would ever do that? And, if they did, why would they do that?!! Surely, nobody would invent a story like that, and send an innocent person to jail, for the rest of their life?

What could their motivation possibly be to spur them to commit such a heinous act?

Well, perhaps they would lie if the motivation to do so was strong enough—if, perhaps, that motivation was to save their own ass from jail.

As Popdust previously reported, Syed has spent the past 15 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life plus 30, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, back in 1999—the 34-year-old vehemently maintains his innocence.

The case garnered national attention last year after NPR reporter, and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, covered it in great depth, on Serial, her weekly podcast series. However, after twelve gripping episodes, listeners were left no clearer as to Syed's innocence or guilt.

Rabia Chaudry, the lawyer who first alerted Koenig to the case, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller, are giving their all in an attempt to remedy that—working tirelessly to tear apart the State's case against Syed—and they are broadcasting their findings every two weeks on their podcast series, Undisclosed: The State Vs Adnan Syed.

During the first episode of Undisclosed, the team dissected the State's version of what occurred on January 13, 1999, the day Hae was murdered—pulling to pieces many of the witness statements, and turning up two shocking new accounts of what allegedly went down that day, that were never presented at either the first trial (which ended in a mistrial), or the second, which resulted in Syed's conviction.

In a follow-up special broadcast a week later, titled, Addendum 1: New Information About The Trip To Cathy's, Chaudry, Simpson and Miller shredded another vital, key piece of the prosecution's case against Syed—what purportedly went down January 13 (post murder, pre-body dump), at the apartment of "Cathy" [real name Christy], a close friend of Wilds'.

The second installment of Undisclosed, focused on Hae's movements that fateful day—and, as became evident very early on in Serial, the prosecution's version of events appears to be more than a little “off."

Then, in a second special, titled Addendum 2: More information on Takera, and on Hae's other diary—they presented the revelation that Hae kept a second diary, which, if found, could possibly hold the key to Adnan proving his innocence.

The last podcast, covering the purported events of Jay's day on January 13, proved to be the real Kryptonite when it comes to the State's case against Syed—as the Undisclosed team presented a solid case arguing that the Baltimore Police Department may have coached their star witness, and even perhaps coerced him into giving false testimony.

This week though, shit got even more real, with a special podcast titled, Addendum 3: When Did Jay First Talk To The Cops—which seemed to present a clear cut motivation for Jay Wilds to go along with cops' wishes and totally invent his testimony against Syed.

The Undisclosed team puts forth a really good argument that Wilds actually met with cops several times before his official "first" interview of February 28—they also throw some very serious doubt on how they were led to Wilds as a witness in the first place.

But, the real bombshell, is the revelation that Wilds had a stet entered by the State's prosecutor, on March 5, just a week after he gave his first "official" interview—basically relinquishing him of his pending criminal charges.

“On January 27, Jay was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest," Chaudry explains. "Jay was never prosecuted on those charges however, because,on March 5, a stet was entered.


"A stet is kind of like a pause button on a criminal charge. It doesn't dismiss the charge, but it does suspend it, and, as long as the defendant complies with any conditions that are imposed by the prosecutor entering the stet it will be dismissed at a later date. "

Whoa! seriously? You catch that?!!! Is that motivation enough for somebody to lie through their fucking teeth?!!!

Oh, and, know what? The States other star witness, Jenn, met with the prosecutor the goddamn day before......

411 On Baltimore City PD Corruption, Racism, Witness Coercion And Coaching

I'm telling you—this is just personal speculation, but, I have a really strong gut instinct that tells me the Baltimore cops just wanted to clear this murder case off their books really quick—they looked to the "Muslim" ex-boyfriend as their prime suspect and then just fitted the whole case accordingly.

Only time will tell I guess......

Meanwhile, keep checking back on Popdust for more updates on the story—and head over to audioboom for more Undisclosed: The state Vs Adnan Syed.

Oh my f*cking God, if you still believe the case against Adnan Syed is 100 percent airtight—and that there's no room for any reasonable doubt when it comes to the evidence and testimony that was used to convict him—you better stop what you are doing right now, and listen to this week's episode of Undisclosed.

As Popdust previously reported, the 34-year-old has spent the past 15 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life plus 30 years, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee back in 1999—Syed vehemently maintains his innocence.

The case garnered national attention last year after NPR reporter, and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, covered it in great depth, on Serial, her weekly podcast series. However, after twelve gripping episodes, listeners were left no clearer as to Syed's innocence or guilt.

Rabia Chaudry, the lawyer who first alerted Koenig to the case, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller, are giving their all in an attempt to remedy that—working tirelessly to tear apart the State's case against Syed—and they are broadcasting their findings every two weeks on their podcast series, Undisclosed: The State Vs Adnan Syed.

During the first episode of Undisclosed, the team dissected the State's version of what occurred on January 13, 1999, the day Hae was murdered—pulling to pieces many of the witness statements, and turning up two shocking new accounts of what allegedly went down that day, that were never presented at either the first trial (which ended in a mistrial), or the second, which resulted in Syed's conviction.

In a follow-up special broadcast a week later, titled, Addendum 1: New Information About The Trip To Cathy's, Chaudry, Simpson and Miller shredded another vital, key piece of the prosecution's case against Syed—what purportedly went down January 13 (post murder, pre-body dump), at the apartment of "Cathy" [real name Christy], a close friend of the prosecution's star witness, Jay Wilds.

The second installment of Undisclosed, focused on Hae's movements that fateful day—and, as became evident very early on in Serial, the prosecution's version of events appears to be more than a little “off."

Then, in a second special, broadcast, last week, titled Addendum 2: More information on Takera, and on Hae's other diary—they presented the revelation that Hae kept a second diary, which, if found, could possibly hold the key to Adnan proving his innocence.

But, it's this week's broadcast, covering the purported events of Jay's day on January 13, that proves to be the real Kryptonite when it comes to the State's case against Syed.

And, as became very apparent, very early on, and then continued throughout the entirety of Serial, there is something very very rotten in the state of Maryland...specifically Baltimore.... more specifically Baltimore Police Department.

“January 13, 1999, is the seminal day in this case," Chaudry starts off as way of introduction. “That is the day Hae Lee would leave school and disappear forever. Today, we get to the heart of the State's case—the center of gravity in this murder charge against Adnan, a wormhole that warps timelines, and maybe the most mysterious figure in this story, according even to Serial—today, we look at Jay's day."

She then goes on to lay out what we DO know about Jay:

“Who is Jay? Jay is a former Woodlawn Hills student," Chaudry says. “He graduated a year before Adnan and Hae, he knew them primarily because of Stephanie, his girlfriend—Stephanie and Jay had dated since middle school….Stephanie had been friends with Adnan since middle school, they were pretty close, they were in the magnet program together, and they had been crowned the King and Queen of junior prom in the spring of 1998."

Then, what people who have been following the case always want to know—were Jay and Adnan friends?

I mean, I'm not the only one here wondering, why would Adnan call Jay and ask him to help bury the body of the ex-girlfriend he just brutally murdered, if the two weren't at least friends? Makes no sense, right?

“According to the statements we have—both at trial, and police statements—whether made by Adnan, or Jay, or Jen—Jen was also a Woodlawn High 1998 graduate, and a friend of Jay's, and very much involved in the prosecution of the case…according to all those folks, it seems like they weren't actually really friends," Chaudry claims, going on to reference Jen's interview with cops in 1999, where she talks about Jay and Adnan not being “friend" friends, and Jay's own testimony during trial in 2000, where he says they “weren't really tight" and that Adnan was more of an acquaintance than a friend.

OK! Well, so what actually happened between these two “acquaintances" on that fateful day? What do we know to be real, true, actual fact?

“We start the day with Adnan dropping off his car with Jay," Chaudry explains. “They both agree on the time… there's a 10.45 am call to Jay, after which, Adnan comes by his house…the problem with telling the story about Jay's day, is that Jay has given a minimum of seven different stories about what happened on January 13th…four police interviews, two trial testimonies, and most recently, an interview he gave to the Intercept."

“Simply put, these stories are not consistent at all," Miller continues. “Despite the prosecution's claim at trial, there's no spine to Jay's story that holds it together…there's very little detail that's consistent across even really two of these different stories by Jay—and even if we ignore the minor details, there's simply no consistency in the big picture of what Jay is telling the cops, and eventually the jury at trial.

“When we really break it down, there's only been a few things that have really been consistent throughout Jay's story and they're pretty minor.

“And so, first, he consistently says that Hae's body was buried in Leakin Park, although the time for this burial varies quite dramatically, he does consistently say that at least one of the instruments that was used to bury Hae's body was a shovel, and, he does say it came from one of his relatives' houses, but, he doesn't say which house consistently across interviews.

“He does acknowledge he had Adnan's car and phone on January 13th…. he does consistently say that he was at Jen's house on Jan 13th, until at least 3.40…which, of course, is inconsistent with the State's theory at trial—which is that Hae was killed by 2.36…which is when the Best Buy call took place.

“And, finally, he is consistent that on January 13th, Adnan showed him Hae's body, in the trunk of her Sentra—although, both the time and the location of this trunk pop varied quite meaningfully across his interviews and testimony…And so, when we look at these consistencies in Jay's story, they really mean nothing without, again, this big spine and structure that holds it together.

“For instance, the shovels…sometimes he says there was one shovel, sometimes it's two shovels, sometimes there's a pick involved, sometimes he's helping to bury the body, sometimes not. Whose house did they come from? Was it from his mother's house? His grandmother's house? And so, we have all these various stories about the burial… and in terms of the trunk pop…. where did that take place? Was it the Woodlawn library? Was it a strip off of Vincent Avenue? Was it Franklin Town Road? The Best Buy, the story at trial? Was it a pool hall as he told his friend? Was it a gas station? Was it at his grandmother's house?

“And so, if we look at all these stories, up until 2014 they vary very wildly, and then, finally in The Intercept interview, he actually says he lied to the police initially, and said the trunk pop happened at “Cathy's" house, despite that never being disclosed to the defense at trial.

“And so, what we see, is that when we try to decipher what Jay is saying in these various statements, it's almost meaningless to do so, because these accountings are so very different...and, in fact, he's admitted himself, that he's lied in various statements about the events of January 13th 1999.

"And so that then leaves us with just two things we can look at when trying to decipher what aspects of Jay's day might in fact be reality—and, the first is to look at other witnesses and what they have to say about interacting with Jay on January 13th… and the second is to see the evolution of Jay's story…where it started, and how it got from point A to point Z when he eventually testified at trial."

The two witnesses are Jen and "Cathy" [real name Christy]—and Miller breaks down Jen's story bit by bit—first, when Jay went over to Jen's house in the morning….second, what did Jen and Jay do while he was at her house? Third, when did Jay leave her house? Next, when did Jen and Jay meet up again later that evening? Finally, what did they actually do that evening?

And, it soon becomes crystal clear that Jen's account does not match with Jay's at all….

For instance, when it comes to them meeting up for the first time in the day, Jen told cops, “I want to say I got home, probably between 12.30 and 1, and then I'd say Jay got there probably between 1 and 1.30."

However, Jay claims he went to the house to hang out with Jen's little brother Mark, they played video games together, went to the mall, returned to the house and then Jen turned up.

How about what the two did after that? Does that match at all?

Nope, not really.

Jen says that she and Jay were at her place all afternoon and that Jay never left. However, according to Jay, he left and came back multiple times. They also don't agree when it comes to the phone calls that Jay received while at Jen's house—one of them supposedly from Adnan, post murder, asking Jay to, “come and get me, the bitch is dead."

One thing they do consistently agree on though—is that Jay was still at Jen's house until around 3.40pm, when Jay supposedly got the call from Adnan….and that's pretty damn significant, because, as Miller points out, it completely debunks the “Nisha call" theory that the State relied on at trial to “prove" Adnan had killed Hae by 2.35, and been back with his phone [which Jay had borrowed for the day] by 3.32.

Plus, it doesn't fit anywhere with the call log for Adnan's cell from that day—which shows a call at 3.15 and then next one not until 4.30….

So, when you consider how many times Jay's story has changed—how all the different supposed facts shifted and morphed time and time again, why did he consistently stick to the 3.40 time claim?

Well, drum roll…..

“That's [Jen and Jay's] alibi," Chaudry opines. "Jen and Jay were together till 3.40, a time when we know Hae had already been intercepted and was probably already killed. So, if Jen and Jay were together till 3.40 pm, like they say, then neither could be responsible for her murder."

Whoa….

OK, well, what happened that evening—supposedly after Jay had helped Adnan bury Hae's body in Leakin Park? Do Jen and Jay's stories match there?

Once again—nope....not the f*ck at all.

Jay claims he and Adnan buried the body, then they abandoned Hae's car on a vacant lot, then he and Adnan stopped by the mall to toss the shovel/shovels/pick/whatever in a dumpster, that Adnan then dropped him off at home, and then Jen came to pick him up from there later. He goes on to claim that after she picked him up from his house he told her what had just just happened and Jen took him to a dumpster to dispose of the clothes he had been wearing.

However, Jen claims Adnan dropped Jay off at the mall and that's where she met him—and, according to Jen, they didn't drive to drop off the clothes until the next day!

And, that's the version of events that the prosecution chose to run with at trial.

So, finally….. what did Jen and Jay do after they met up (wherever it actually was?!!)…

Well, once again, who really knows, as their accounts vary dramatically…

They both agree that they stopped by Stephanie's house—and bizarrely, they both claim it was around 8.30—which is categorically not possible, as Stephanie was playing a basketball game that night which didn't finish till just before 10.30 pm.

However, after both agreeing on something that couldn't have actually happened, their accounts of the rest of the night go their separate ways—with Jen claiming they went to a party at an on-campus sorority house for an hour or so, before heading to “Cathy" [Christy] and Jeff's house—and Jay claiming they went straight to their house and did not go to a party before hand.

But, now we get to the real crux of the matter.

As Simpson says, “We've always known Jay lies, he admits he lies… but the real enigma here is… why?"

That's the million dollar question… what would be his motivation? What's the utility of these lies?

Turns out, as Chaudry explains, “All this time we had been trying to plot Jay's dream, but it turns out, it was ever his dream to begin with."

Then shit gets real….. REAL real......real f*cking crazy.

The Undisclosed team plays audio from Jay's interviews with cops—and, if what we are hearing is true and un-doctored in anyway, their argument that the Baltimore Police coached their star witness during his interviews, and coerced and bullied him in to giving false testimony against Adnan, holds pretty damn true.

It's dynamite—and you can listen to it below.

Meanwhile, keep checking back on Popdust for more updates on the story—and head over to audioboom for more Undisclosed: The state Vs Adnan Syed.

To quote Hamlet (kind of)—something appears to be rotten in the state of Baltimore….

The rot I'm referring to surrounds the Adnan Syed murder case—which, the good cops, and court, of Maryland, appeared to think was rock solid, and airtight, back in 1999.

Or not, as the case may be—because, it sure as hell looks like a lot of witnesses were coached, even downright told, exactly what to say, when it comes to the events of January 13, 1999, the date that the state charges Syed strangled his ex-girlfriend and fellow student, Hae Lee, to death, before dumping her body in Leakin Park.

As Popdust previously reported, the15-year-old murder case sparked fresh new, national attention late last year, after NPR reporter and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, made it the focus of the wildly successful first season of her new Podcast, Serial.

At the end of an exhaustive investigation by Koenig and her team—the results of which spanned a total of twelve riveting podcasts —we were left no clearer when it came to whether, definitively, Syed was innocent or guilty of the heinous crime he was convicted of.

In fact, Serial ultimately ended throwing up way more questions than answers.

Syed has maintained his innocence throughout—and, as Koenig soon discovered, there are more twists and turns in this case than your average baseball season—in addition to some really shaky witness testimonials that changed dramatically from police interview to police interview, right up till, and throughout, the subsequent two trials (the first of which ended in a mistrial); and a very strong argument that Syed's defense team provided inadequate legal council.

The latter argument was so compelling in fact, that Maryland's Court of Special Appeals granted permission back in February for Syed to reopen his appeal—and, despite Serial ending last December, his legal team is continuing to raise public awareness of their client's case, and fighting to clear his name—in a bi-weekly Podcast called Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnan Syed.

In the first episode, which aired on Monday 14th April, Syed's new lawyer, Rabia Chaudry, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson, and Colin Miller, dissected the events of that fateful day back in January 1999.

They pulled apart many of the witness statements, and presented two shocking new accounts of what allegedly went down that day, that were never presented at either trial—one from Debbie, a school friend of both Adnan's and Hae's, and, one from Woodlawn High's Coach Si, which seemingly matches up with Syed's assertion that he was at track practice on time, on January 13, despite the prosecution's star witness, Jay Wilds' testimony to the contrary.

Now, in a special broadcast, titled, Addendum 1: New Information About The Trip To Cathy's, which aired last night, Chaudry, Simpson and Miller tear to pieces another vital, key piece of the prosecution's case against Syed.

Chaudry explains that after the first episode aired, they received some new information from a listener, “which gives us some more insight into Cathy and what she remembers of that day, and by that day, of course I mean January 13, 1999."

“Just to refresh your memory, Cathy was a friend of Jen's," Chaudry continues. “And according to Cathy, and Jay, on January 13, 1999, Jay came to visit Cathy at her apartment, with Adnan, in the evening."

“The prosecution's theory of the case is that after Adnan finished his track practice on January 13, he is picked up by Jay," Miller explains. “He smokes some weed, they go over to Cathy's house, and she's surprised by this guy that seems extremely high.

"She says it's about six o'clock because she's watching Judge Judy…she says that Adnan gets a call from a friend, who is basically tipping him off that the cops are going to call, and Adnan freaks out…. He says, 'What am i going to do? What am i going to say?' And eventually, he and Jay leave in a hurry…. they get into Adnan's car.. the headlights are on.. they're just sitting there, and Cathy is confused as to what's going on, and they quickly leave.

"And, the prosecution claims they leave to go to the park and ride, change their plan, decide they're going to bury Hae's body in the seven o'clock hour, and the prosecution claims, this explains exactly what is going on for a definite burial on January 13."

Now, as the team points out, there's a few issues when it comes to this testimony—first is that Cathy admitted at trial that she was actually told by a detective that the date must have been the 13th……but, more importantly, and, if true, a total smoking gun, according to Syed's team, there is no way it could have been on that date—at least, if there was any credibility to Cathy's initial interview with cops, and her testimony at trial.

See, Cathy was adamant it had to be January 13, as she claims she was at a school department of social work conference all day, from “around 9 am till 4.30" prior to Jay and Adnan stopping by her apartment around 6.

Trouble is, it turns out that the Undisclosed listener who called in, had a copy of the December 1988-January 1999 calendar for the school of social work, and there was no conference on that day.

There was, however, a short conference on January 23, in addition to a longer one on January 22, which covered the very subject Cathy testified her conference was about….clinical interventions with traumatized children.

In addition, as Syed's legal team points out, January 22 was a day out from school, so it would have provided Syed with a whole day to smoke weed and therefore appear as high as Cathy described him as being in her police testimony—as opposed to if it had been on the 13th, and he had driven straight to Cathy's directly from track practice.

Whoa.

Now, if this is indeed true, how the FUCK did Syed's original counsel miss this? Why didn't she double check all of the prosecution witnesses' statements for factual errors and date contradictions?

And, if she had picked up on this alleged glaring inaccuracy, what could she have done with it when it came to trial?

Miller explains, “First she could have allowed the prosecution to include the trip to Cathy's as a key part of its narrative, in the opening statement at trial…. second, she could have then allowed Cathy and Jay to testify at trial about the trip to Cathy's…the phone calls, Adnan freaking out, and then Adnan basically coercing Jay into burying Hae's body in the seven o'clock hour, when such a burial otherwise, really doesn't make much sense…

“Then, at that point, she could have raised the fact the conference didn't occur on the 13th… this is known as evidence contradicted by other evidence…. it's a form of impeachment…. it's calling into question the credibility of other witnesses….including the key witness for the prosecution, by showing that what they claim, couldn't have happened…. it also would have been a key way to undermine the key narrative of the state, regarding the burial of the body."

Yeah, like I said, if true, it's kind of a smoking gun… to say the least. And, once again, as the original Serial did time and time again, it just begs the question, what the fuck?!!!! If Adnan DIDN'T do it…. then who DID?!!!!

Well, promising to throw up yet more questions, Chaudry teases that on the upcoming episode of Undisclosed, which airs Monday 27th, they are going to present a previously unheard of witness, who, “if we are to believe certain statements from the police, may have been last person top see Hae alive."

Oh, but, it doesn't end there!

According to Chaudry, this mystery witness may have also gotten a ride from Hae just prior to her murder…..

Addendum 1 below, and check out Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnan Syed, on Monday, for yet more twists and goddamn turns.

Just when you think you’ve made up your mind if Adnan Syed is innocent or guilty, there’s yet another curve ball thrown.

As Popdust previously reported, the 34-year-old has spent the past 15 years in jail, after being sentenced to life plus 30 years, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, back in 1999—Syed vehemently maintains his innocence.

The case garnered national attention last year after reporter, and NPR This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, covered it in great depth, on her new weekly podcast, Serial.

At the end of the first season last December, there were many, many questions left unanswered—to say the least—and, pretty much every listener was left at least slightly conflicted when it came to the subject of Syed’s innocence or guilt.

Last month, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals agreed to hear arguments from Adnan’s legal team, who are requesting a new trial on his behalf—in the meantime, that very same team has decided to continue to explore their client’s case—and throw shadow on the prosecution’s version of events, via a new podcast series, titled, Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed.

The first episode aired Monday April 13th—and, you an listen to it right here on Popdust.

The new Podcast is written and produced by lawyer, Rabia Chaudry, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson, and Colin Miller.

At the very start, Chaudry discloses she is a longtime family friend of Syed’s—she’s known him since he was 13-years old, he was her younger brother’s best friend—she also shares that it was she who first brought the case to Koenig's attention.

Chaudhry explains that she, Simpson and Miller, are “not journalists, but three lawyers, interested in the minute details of the case of the State vs Adnan Syed,” continuing, “We like getting into the leads, and plan on taking you with us.

“This is not going to be a beautifully crafted narrative as with Serial—you will be run down many rabbit holes in the  case—but, we aim to bring a new analysis to things you’ve already heard, share things you’ve never heard, and answer some of the most frequent questions that I get asked as I talk about the case, and Serial, across the country.”

So, let’s kick off with one of the BIGGEST questions surrounding the case—why doesn’t Syed remember anything about what happened on January 13, 1999—the day he was contacted and told his ex-girlfriend had mysteriously disappeared—and the date, it subsequently transpired, she was strangled to death?

Well, so here’s the thing [TAKE NOTE, MY COUSIN, AARON DEXTER!!!!]…according to Syed’s defense team, things are nowhere near as mysteriously vague and blank as we have been led to believe.

Adnan’s defense team go into great detail when it comes to that fateful day—and, as is often the case, things are seemingly not quite as clear cut, depending on whose side you fall on—And, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m not fully swayed either way, but (SO FAR) I definitely feel that there’s more than enough reasonable doubt surrounding the case to seriously question the validity of a guilty verdict.

“It’s a bit of a misperception that Adnan has absolutely no recollection of [January 13] whatsoever,” Chaudry claims. “I get asked this question all the time… how can he remember nothing?

“That’s actually not true. Adnan did remember many portions of the day—in fact, he had made notes to that effect, that he gave to his attorney in September 1999… breaking down what he remembered…different periods and stuff.”

From that starting point, Chaudry, Simpson and Miller, take Syed’s recollection of accounts and compare it to all of the witness statements and testimony; the police statements; and all of the “grand jury stuff”, in a bid to “try and corroborate what Adnan has said, and, try to figure out who is, and who is not, remembering correctly. To try and nail down what Adnan was doing, where he was, all day, on January 13.”

Sounds pretty straightforward, right?

Nope, in actuality, not really……

Miller, who is Associate Dean of Faculty Development at the University of South Carolina School of Law, points out that as often happens in court cases, witness statements, especially those taken some time after events transpired, can drastically contradict each other—due to a memory deficit called “confabulation”—which results in witnesses falsely remembering events that actually occurred over multiple days, as happening on one single day.

Given that, Simpson concludes the most credible accounts are those that are corroborated by more than one witness—which, in this case, are few and far between, quite frankly.

With that in mind, the team break down January 13 into four time periods:

ONE: The morning—Adnan’s arrival at school

TWO: Early afternoon—when school lets out

THREE: Later afternoon— following track practice

FOUR: The evening—after Jay picks Adnan up

There are two differing witness accounts when it comes to the start of school on January 13 1999.

Debbie, a fellow Woodlawn High School student, and mutual friend of both Adnan and Hae, told cops she remembered Adnan being late to school that day, claiming he arrived “sometime after 8.05 am”…. however, there is no official record of Syed being tardy on that date—despite previous accounts marking him as late on January 5, and 12, in addition to many other days.

Meanwhile, the second witness, Krista, also a fellow student and mutual friend of the former couple, claims in her initial police statement, back in March 1999, that Adnan was on time that morning—and, more importantly, she recollected walking into school with him as they bumped into Hae, whom, she claimed, Sayed asked to give him a ride after school, to which Hae agreed.

The two versions are obviously conflicted—so, who is right, who is wrong?

There are arguments to be made either way that one or other had the date wrong when it came to their account—but, after weighing up both stories, Syed’s team comes down on the side of Krista.

In the meantime, Miller shares that two witnesses subsequently recalled seeing Syed immediately after the end of school, around 2.15, to, 2.20pm, outside the career guidance councilor’s office.

According to Miller, one of the witnesses, Becky, told cops she was with Keisha and Ayesha, when she saw Adnan and Hae walk past each other in the corridor that afternoon—in her initial police statement, she claimed Syed stopped and asked Lee if it was still OK to give him a ride after school (as mentioned in Krista’s statement)—but, Hae said she couldn’t, as, she “had something else to do” and that, Adnan said it was “fine”, and he would ask someone else.

If indeed true, this is dynamite—as, when it came to the time of trial, this very important part of the story was noticeably missing.

Becky did subsequently testify to seeing Hae in the corridor that afternoon at school, and recalled her saying she “had to be somewhere” before walking out the door to her car, but made no mention of Adnan, and or, his and Hae’s interaction….

Shockingly, Syed’s defense failed to quiz Becky as to whether their client was a part of that conversation, or even there in fact….Posing the question—did Syed’s defense team drop the ball? Or, was there a strategic reason for not asking? Or, were they never provided with a copy of Becky’s original statement to cops, that seemingly blows away the prosecution’s argument that Adnan wangled his way into Hae’s car after school, by asking for a lift, then went on to strangle her to death?

Keisha, who also appeared as a witness for the prosecution, testified to seeing Hae and Adnan talking together that afternoon—a fact the prosecution jumped upon and used as evidence during their closing statement—arguing that Syed HAD to have killed Lee… as, he had asked her for a ride earlier in the day, she had agreed, Keisha saw them together talking after class…..and therefore……unless “something strange” happened during the next few minutes, it’s reasonable to believe Adnan got in Hae’s car, and then killed her….

On a side note, you would never have known Keisha’s testimony would ultimately prove so damning—according to Syed’s defense team, her initial police interview was so brief, and seemingly so irrelevant, that it allegedly wasn’t written up immediately and wasn’t filed by cops until two weeks later.

Then, according to Syed’s defense team, there’s the later part of Debbie’s statement to cops, claiming she saw Adnan outside the career guidance councilor’s office around 2.45 pm, holding his gym bag and talking about heading to track practice—and, the claim that she later saw Hae, sometime between 2.45 and 3.15…

Adnan's team allege that by the time of trial, Debbie had been written out of the prosecution timeline, as her version of events didn’t fit with their assertion that Syed had strangled Hae in the Best Buy parking lot by 2.36 pm, when he is alleged to have called Jay from a nearby pay phone and asked to be picked up.

So, yeah, what about Jay?!!!

That was the burning question throughout the entire first season of Serial—and promises to remain so, for at least the foreseeable future, throughout future episodes of Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed.

Then, there’s the alibi provided by Asia, that Sayed was at the library that fateful afternoon—oh, and the testimony from Coach Si that seemingly matches up with the assertion that Syed was indeed at track practice, on time, on January 13, 1999, even though Jay testified otherwise.

Hmmm…. there’s that name again.

Oh, but what about Kathy's testimony, and those pesky cell phone tower records? Infuriatingly, when it comes to those hoping for "closure" there's seemingly an answer for every one of the prosecution's arguments..

Listen to the first episode below and check back on April 27th for the second installment of Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed

If you're one of the 5 million people who was utterly hooked on last year's Serial, you're going to be mighty happy to learn there's a new podcast detailing the case of Adnan Syed, on its way.

For those blissfully unaware, 34-year-old Syed has spent the past 15 years in jail, after being sentenced to life plus 30 years, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee back in 1999—Syed vehemently maintains his innocence.

The case garnered national attention last year after NPR reporter, and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, covered it in great depth, on Serial, her new weekly podcast.

The first season of Serial spanned twelve episodes, and, when it ended last December, listeners were left none the clearer as to Syed's innocence or guilt.

With more twists and turns than your average theme park roller coaster, and more holes than a lump of Swiss cheese—Syed's story was both compelling and infuriating, leading you from one minute totally believing he's innocent, to the next, totally believing he's guilty—to, finally, throwing you hands up and settling on, “Well, if HE DIDN'T DO IT, who the hell did?!!!"

Hopefully, we are going to be given the chance to find out finally, as last month, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals agreed to hear arguments from Syed's legal team, who are requesting a new trial on his behalf.

Syed's legal team is behind the upcoming podcast series, which is being produced by Rabia Chaudry, the lawyer who first alerted Koenig to the case, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller.

"[People are] still intrigued, they still want to know more," Chaudry told PBS' NewsHour. "They want Serial to do updates, and Serial isn't. So we will."

She went on to explain that the new podcast, which will broadcast every two weeks starting this Monday, and is titled, Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed, will cover the case "in greater detail, from an investigatory perspective instead of a narrative one."

Please can we get some "closure"...please!!!!!


Adnan Syed's New Trial Likely To Be Even More Delayed