It was finally decided by the Wisconsin state appeals court that the two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slender Man should be tried as adults. Continue reading Slender Man Stabbing Girls Will Be Tried as Adults
Despite starting the phenomenon that is the Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee narrative, “Serial” podcast creator Sarah Koening has stayed relatively silent about the subject of her season one. Since season one aired, Syed has went through a Post Conviction Relief hearing to determine if he would get relief and a new trial based on a new evidence. It was announced last week that Judge Welch had granted Syed a new trial. Continue reading “Serial” Creator Sarah Koenig Comments on Adnan Syed’s New Trial
Oscar Pistorius has officially been resentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Continue reading Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 6 Years for the 2013 Murder of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
It has been months since Adnan Syed was granted his Post Conviction Relief hearing and everyone has been waiting anxiously for Judge Welch’s opinion. Last week, Welch released his opinion in which he granted Syed a new trial and attorney Justin Brown tweeted in all-caps: “WE WON A NEW TRIAL FOR ADNAN SYED!!!” Continue reading Adnan Syed to Get a New Trial
Lonnie David Franklin Jr, also known as the Grim Sleeper, was convicted last month of murdering nine women and one teenage girl. This week, he was sentenced to death. The 63-year-old was sentenced to death by a jury on all ten murder counts, which will become formalized at a later hearing. Justice. Continue reading The ‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Killer Sentenced to Death
Investigation Discovery, or as I call it The Murder Channel, is set to air a special based on the Adnan Syed conviction. Continue reading Investigation Discovery to Air a Special on Adnan Syed of Serial
Earlier this week, we reported about how almost an entire family was killed across a small rural area in Ohio leaving only three surviving members. Now, authorities have revealed that marijuana “grow operations” were found at three of the four crime scenes where eight of the family members were killed.
More proof keeps popping up in defense of Steven Avery according to his lawyer, Kathleen Zellner. She teased recently that she had found new evidence that could potentially clear Avery in the murder of Theresa Halbach. Last week, she revealed that her client had an “airtight alibi” proving that he is innocent and that the county framed him for the murder. Continue reading Steven Avery Has an “Airtight Alibi” Says Lawyer
Anyone has watched “Making a Murderer” on Netflix most likely walked away feeling pretty confident that Steven Avery was framed. But other than the evidence presented at his original trial, there hasn’t been anything concrete to prove the defense’s and Avery’s theory that the Manitowoc County Police Department framed him for the murder of Theresa Halbach. However, new evidence has been uncovered that seems to support this claim. Continue reading New Evidence Seems to Support Claim That Steven Avery Was Framed
On Thursday, February 4, the famous alibi witness for Adnan Syed completed her testimony in a Baltimore court. Asia McClain is one of the lynchpins in the defence’s case for a new trial.
McClain says she saw Syed in the library at the time Hae Min Lee was killed. However, she was never contacted by his lawyer and her alibi for him was never presented at his original trial in 1999. He was subsequently convicted of murder and Syed’s lawyer claims that the trial could have ended completely differently had she presented her knowledge of that day in January.
According to McClain’s testimony, the Baltimore Sun reports:
Defense attorneys never asked about her account, she said, and a prosecutor later dismissed the potential alibi as irrelevant. But before a packed courtroom on Wednesday, McClain described how a popular podcast about the case had persuaded her that she needed to speak up.
Syed’s lawyers are also trying to prove his counsel was inept by not calling McClain to testify back during the original trial while the state is arguing that the action of not calling her was a strategic move by Cristina Gutierrez.
Attorneys for the state urged retired Judge Martin P. Welch to deny the request. Deputy Maryland Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah said Syed received sufficient representation during his trial in 2000 and that any decision by his attorneys not to follow up on McClain’s account then was strategic.
Gutierrez determined that the “pursuit of Ms. McClain would not be a worthwhile endeavor,” Vignarajah said, countering the contention that Gutierrez was not of sound mind.
However, McClain says she was never contacted to begin with so how Gutierrez would assume she was a worthless alibi witness is just another example of her incompetence as Syed’s lawyer.
The state also attacked McClain’s credibility of memory attempting to get her to think she was remembering a different day or in the very least that her memory of those events 15 years ago were not as clear as she says. McClain continues to stick by her memory saying that she remembers everything clearly because of school being closed the next day after she saw Syed due to an intense whether event.
The post conviction appeal hearing continued through friday and is reopening for a fourth day on Monday.