State Prosecutor Kevin Urick Talks About Serial Case
Kevin Urick tells his side to online publication
Since the end of Serial, a 12-part podcast on NPR, fans have clamored to hear from a prosecutor and star witness, whose testimony helped convict a Baltimore man of murder nearly 15 years ago and sending him to prison for life.
More than a million listeners tuned in each week to hear about Adnan Syed, now 34, who was convicted of strangling his ex-girlfriend in 1999 and burying her body in a wooded park with the help from acquaintance Jay Wilds.
Wilds, along with the state’s prosecutor Kevin Urick never agreed to be interviewed for the show.
But in recent separate interviews, the pair spoke to an online publication called The Intercept.
“The case itself I would say was pretty much a run-of-the-mill domestic violence murder,” Urick says in the first part of a two-part interview published Wednesday. He is still convinced, 15 years and a popular podcast later, Syed is guilty of murder.
More than a week ago, questions again erupted about Syed’s guilt as soon as The Intercept published Wilds’s version of the story, which was a different version of events than when he testified. Urick had an explanation.
“People have to realize, we try cases in the real world. We take our witnesses as we find them. We did not pick Jay to be Adnan’s accomplice. Adnan picked Jay,” he said. “People can very seldom tell the same story the same way twice. If they did, I’d be very suspicious of it because that would look like it was rehearsed.”