Who Really Killed Hae Min Lee? New Documentary Casts Doubts On Adnan Syed’s Guilt

Adnan Syed – New Documentary Questions Guilt Of ‘Serial’ Podcast Star Murder Conviction
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Mar. 8 2019, Updated 5:18 p.m. ET

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Adnan Syed is guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee — or is he? The Baltimore man whose murder conviction was the subject of the 2014 podcast “Serial” is back in the spotlight, thanks to a groundbreaking follow-up investigation on HBO, titled The Case Against Adnan Syed.

As RadarOnline.com readers know, Syed was accused of kidnapping his former girlfriend, killing her and burying her body in a shallow grave in a Baltimore park. He was convicted of first-degree murder in 2000.

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His story was publicized in the “Serial” podcast, which became wildly popular and cast enough doubt on his guilt to vacate his conviction and result in the call for a new trial.

Now, as Syed awaits his new day in court, Academy Award nominated director Amy Berg is revisiting the case in a new four-part HBO documentary. But what has happened to Syed since the “Serial” podcast, and why are there new doubts about his conviction? Check out this Radar gallery for all the answers.

Adnan Syed – New Documentary Questions Guilt Of ‘Serial’ Podcast Star Murder Conviction
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Syed was arrested for the 1999 strangulation and murder of Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore.

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Adnan Syed – New Documentary Questions Guilt Of ‘Serial’ Podcast Star Murder Conviction
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HBO teases that the documentary will include new evidence and “groundbreaking revelations” about the case.

Adnan Syed – New Documentary Questions Guilt Of ‘Serial’ Podcast Star Murder Conviction
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In June 2016, Syed's conviction was vacated after new evidence “challenged the reliability of cell phone data linking Syed to the crime scene, and a long-awaited alibi witness finally had her day in court,” according to an HBO release.

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Adnan Syed – New Documentary Questions Guilt Of ‘Serial’ Podcast Star Murder Conviction
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That witness is apparently former classmate Asia McClain, who wasn’t asked to testify during Syed’s trial. In the new docuseries, it is revealed that she spoke to Syed at the library on the afternoon of Lee’s death — an act which, if true, would have given him an alibi.

Adnan Syed – New Documentary Questions Guilt Of ‘Serial’ Podcast Star Murder Conviction
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Several of Syed’s former classmates and family members also appear in the documentary, many of whom openly question his guilt.

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Adnan Syed – New Documentary Questions Guilt Of ‘Serial’ Podcast Star Murder Conviction
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“In production since 2015, The Case Against Adnan Syed closely re-examines the events leading up to Hae Min Lee’s disappearance, from high school romance, forbidden love and cultural conflict, to the aftermath of her disappearance, the original police investigation and the present day, when Syed awaits a new trial,” HBO said in a statement.

Adnan Syed – New Documentary Questions Guilt Of ‘Serial’ Podcast Star Murder Conviction
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Syed is currently still in jail, waiting for his retrial. There is no set date for when it will begin.

Adnan Syed – New Documentary Questions Guilt Of ‘Serial’ Podcast Star Murder Conviction
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