Popular Serial Subject Adnan Syed Has Been Granted A New Trial

Adnan Syed was convicted for the murder of his girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999

Adnan Syed was convicted for the murder of his girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999

Adnan Syed, a convicted killer who gained global fame from the podcast "Serial", will finally get a new trial after spending roughly 18 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit. A three-judge panel on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling granting him new trial. The ruling can still be appealed to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, which means Syed's conviction could be upheld. The Court of Special Appeals reversed the circuit court on both issues, which it is what it is.

Syed, who was convicted in the 1999 murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, was the subject of the first season of the popular podcast "Serial".

Syed's current lawyer has argued that his original defense attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, had fallen "below the standard of reasonable judgment" during the original trial by not investigating McClain or calling her to testify as an alibi witness.

The Court of Special Appeals had considered the case during a hearing last June. If it's appealed, it would be many months before Syed would learn whether his conviction stands and whether he would be granted a new trial, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh's office said that it is "currently reviewing today's decision to determine next steps".

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The case captured the public's imagination in 2014 when NPR personality Sarah Koenig chronicled the saga over a 12 episode podcast series called "Serial".

The podcast "was enormously helpful" in garnering support for Syed, his lawyer Brown said at a press conference Thursday.

Judge Kathryn Grill Graeff asked Brown whether it is a defense attorney's responsibility to speak to any possible alibi witness - to which Brown said yes.

Brown said if the case were to go to trial, "we like our chances - we like them a lot". We're thrilled. It's been a really long wait.

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