ID to air special based on “Serial” season one

Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty? examines new evidence that Serial season one subject Adnan Syed is using to request a retrial in the murder case against him.
May 31, 2016

Investigation Discovery has lined up a special examining new evidence in the case of Adnan Syed, the subject of crime podcast Serial’s first season.

Produced by ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions, Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty? will air on June 14 at 8 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST.

The program follows ABC News correspondent Ryan Smith as he looks at new developments and key players in the case. The show will also feature the first one-on-one interview with Syed’s current defense attorney Justin Brown.

Syed was convicted for the 1999 murder of his former high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. He has maintained his innocence and has requested a retrial. The ID special will examine evidence that was submitted to the Maryland courts in light of the podcast airing.

“The serialized podcast in 2014 has more than 130 million downloads to date, proving unequivocally that this is one of the great true crime stories of our time,” said Henry S. Schleiff, group president for Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, in a statement.

“With a judge expecting to make a decision at any time, we want to give our viewers not only the crucial information surrounding Adnan Syed’s case, but also the personal, first-hand accounts of what to expect from key players.”

The special will focus on the reliability of cellphone tower evidence used in the 2000 trial as well as potential alibi witness Asia McClain, who says she was in the library with Syed at the time prosecutors say Hae Min Lee was murdered. Her memoir, Confessions of a Serial Alibi, comes out shortly before Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty? airs.

In addition to Brown, the special features interviews with medical examiner William Manion, Syed’s best friend Saad Chaudry, his original attorney for bail Douglas Colbert and juror Theodore Wojtas, among others.

Terence Wrong is exec producing for Lincoln Square and Diana Sperrazza is the EP for ID.

(Photo courtesy of ‘Serial’)

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