Adnan Syed of “Serial” granted retrial in infamous Baltimore murder case

Adnan Syed

Adnan Syed of the popular podcast series Serial has been granted a retrial in the murder case that placed him in jail for life.

Syed’s lawyer Justin Brown announced the news shortly after the decision. 

“We won a new trial for Adnan Syed! #FreeAdnan,” Brown said on Twitter on Thursday.

Syed, 35, is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his former Woodlawn High School ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 2000.

Rabia Chaudry, a friend of Syed’s family, helped initiate the campaign for his retrial.

She also tweeted her excitement on Thursday: “I am shaking with joy, shaking! Thank you Judge Welch. Thank you.”

At a post-conviction hearing held in February, his legal team presented testimony of a new alibi witness and an argument that his first defence counsel Maria Cristina Gutierrez was negligent.

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She told The Baltimore Sun in 2001 that her practice suffered due to multiple sclerosis, leaving her physically incapable of practising law. She passed away after suffering a heart attack just three years later.

You can listen to the podcast series on Adnan Syed on the Serial website.

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