Oh, you thought Serial was over? That's so cute. Nope: Today, The Intercept published an exclusive interview with Jay Wilds—the key witness in the case against Adnan Syed—who refused to be formally interviewed for Serial. The piece contains no single explosive admission, but taken as a whole provides some pretty good context to flesh out Jay's side of the story.
Jay's timeline changes yet again in the interview, but this time—since he's able to paint a fuller picture—his angle seems a bit more plausible. He claims that the first time he sees Hae Min Lee's body is in front of his grandmother's house, not in the Best Buy parking lot. "I didn't tell the cops it was in front of my house because I didn't want to involve my grandmother," Jay tells Natasha Vargas-Cooper, explaining that he was selling weed from her house and didn't want his family to get hurt:
"Adnan says, 'Just help me dig the hole.' And I'm still thinking, 'Inner-city black guy, selling pot to high school kids.' The cops are going to fry me. They're gonna pin me to the fucking wall. I had cops show up and harass me before at my house. I told [Adnan] that I wouldn't touch her car, or any of her possessions, and I say, 'Fuck it. I'll help you dig the hole.'"
Jay further clarifies his flip-flopping testimonies, saying he was purposefully uncooperative with the cops at first:
"I stonewalled them that way. No — until they told me they weren't trying to prosecute me for selling weed, or trying to get any of my friends in trouble. People had lives and were trying to get into college and stuff like that. Getting them in trouble for anything that they knew or that I had told them — I couldn't have that.
...Once the police made it clear that my drug dealing wasn't gonna affect the outcome of what was going on, I became a little bit more transparent."
His descriptions of Adnan, however, are quite astute (and convenient) for a person who claims to have barely known the guy ("There was never a real friendship. I only smoked with him two or three times"):
He seemed a little bit more uptight than the other Muslim kids that I knew. He seemed under a lot of pressure to please. I got the feeling the few times of interacting with Adnan that there was this enormous pressure from somewhere trying to make him into something he didn't want to be.
UVA's Innocence Project, chasing an alternate suspect, is currently working to get forensic testing that could—probably won't, but could—exonerate Adnan. And so we march on. Head over to The Intercept for the full interview, and stay tuned for part 2 (yes, there's a part 2).
Image via Serial Podcast