Throughout its 12-episode run, Serial was missing some importance voices—including Kevin Urick’s, who was the lead prosecutor on the 2000 case that ended with Adnan Syed receiving a life sentence for the murder of Hae Min Lee.
In a new interview with The Intercept —the same publication that spoke with Jay Wilds post-Serial—Urick calls the case “pretty much a run-of-the-mill domestic violence murder” and points to the evidence for back-up.
“Once you understood the cell phone records, that killed any alibi defense that Syed had,” Urick told The Intercept. “I think when you take that in conjunction with [Wilds’] testimony, it became a very strong case.”
Serial host Sarah Koenig pointed out that Wilds’ story changed over time though, something that caused suspicion on her part: How can you trust a guy who can’t get his story straight? Wilds later addressed these inconsistencies when he spoke with the Intercept in an interview where he claimed he wasn’t initially too cooperative with the police thanks to fears that they’d arrest him if he said too much (Wilds was a drug dealer at the time).
Ursick also had an explanation for Wilds’ changing stories: “People can very seldom tell the same story the same way twice,” he said. “If they did, I’d be very suspicious of it because that would look like it was rehearsed.”
Head over to The Intercept to read the full interview, which also includes discussion on how motive played into the case (it didn’t) and Urick’s thoughts on Koenig’s reporting.