‘Serial’ airs new episode after Adnan Syed’s sacking

“Serial” explored Syed’s conviction for the murder of his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn on Monday vacated the 1999 conviction.

In 2014, “Serial,” led by journalist Sarah Koenig, helped spark interest in podcasts and Syed’s particular case.

“Serial” explored Syed’s conviction for the murder of his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn on Monday vacated the 1999 conviction.

In 2014, “Serial,” led by journalist Sarah Koenig, helped spark interest in podcasts and Syed’s particular case. The 12-episode season 1 set a podcast record with more than 300 million downloads at the time of its release, according to the show’s producers.

It’s often cited as one of the most popular podcasts in the world and was No. 1 on Apple’s podcast chart on Tuesday, the same day Koenig released a new episode explaining how Syed’s memo came about.

“According to the prosecution, they didn’t decide to separate Adnan’s case, they considered their case,” Koenig says in the new episode. “They say it shrunk after it got tough.”

Syed was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Material that was not properly turned over to Syed’s defense attorneys during the state investigation and the existence of two suspects who could have been improperly cleared as part of the investigation were cited as reasons to vacate the conviction.

“The Adnan case was a mess, it’s a mess. It’s almost where we were when we stopped reporting in 2014,” Koenig says on the podcast. “Baltimore City Police have told prosecutors they will bring someone back on the case. Someone will try to talk to Becky the two suspects. [Feldman, chief of the state’s attorney’s office sentencing review unit] identified in the motion. I have zero predictions about what might come from it. But I do know that the chances of the state trying to retry Adnan are remote at best.”

Prosecutors have 30 days to decide whether to hold a new trial against Syed.