If you are into the podcast game, then you undoubtedly know who Adnan Syed is and definitely have an opinion on him. Did he or did not do it? According to his murder trial in 1999, he killed his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee and will spend the rest of his life in prison. Sarah Koening’s Serial podcast brought a national light to both sides of the story, including interviews with Syed from prison.
On December 29th 2016, Syed’s motion for bail was denied by Circuit Judge Martin Welch. Welch cited the seriousness of the crime Syed was convicted of and the potential for him to flee. He did however say that Syed does not pose a danger to the community.
Judge Welch was aware of the new evidence that was brought to to light in the wake of Serial, but rejected the motion of bail, stating the following: “The circuit court finds that the nature and circumstances of the offenses are the most serious of nature and there is still compelling evidence against [Syed]. The circuit court also find that the nature of the evidence against [Syed] creates a greater risk of flight. The circuit court further finds that upon conviction, [Syed] still faces the potential sentence of life imprisonment plus thirty years.”
Syed’s attorney made the counter argument that Syed hasn’t had any problems in his 17 years behind bars and poses no threat. The full statement: “Syed has now served more than 17 years in prison based on an unconstitutional conviction for a crime he did not commit. He has no history of violence other than the State’s allegations in this case, and if released he would pose no danger to the community. He is also not a flight risk; it makes no sense that he would run from the case he has spent more than half his life trying to disprove.”
Despite a national craze and a serious doubt of whether he killed his girlfriend or not, it doesn’t seem like Syed will be a free man anytime soon.