Serial Effect

By Macy Griffin

A lot can happen in 17 years. Since 2000 we have had the economy collapse, our first black president, and been in several wars. Imagine if you narrowed it down to an hour. Or even more, down to 20 minutes. It may not seem like as much can happen, but it can be enough time to change the life of one young man.

Adnan Syed, the star of the podcast, is currently in prison, and has been for 17 years. There is a glimmer of hope for this jail bird. After Sarah Koening breathed new life into his case with her podcast “Serial”, and has turned a closed case into the most popular podcast’s focal point.

More updates are coming in the case. Syed, who is now 35, is asking to be released from prison.

Many people don’t believe it was possible for Syed to accomplish a murder within the small time frame that Hay Li, the victim of the crime, was murdered.

A petition filed early in November calls for his release. While in prison, Syed has had no behavioral problems, which is enough to let many convicted criminals free.

What makes this case different? Millions of ears have tuned in, hearing about all the accomplices, weapons, evidence, and even Koening’s attempts to recreate the crime.

With all this in mind, people believe not only is Syed innocent but maybe Jay Wilds, a key witness that turned Syed in, is the one to be charged. Since the first trail, when Syed has had no history of violence, Wilds has been arrested more than 20 times with incidents of rage and violence against women.

A Judge in Baltimore has ordered a new trail. Prosecutors are appealing this ruling, saying that this could take years of work.

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