‘Serial’ podcast’s Adnan Syed granted new trial in controversial murder case

Adnan Syed

An appeals court in Maryland has upheld a ruling granting a new trial to a man whose controversial conviction for the murder of his high school girlfriend became the subject of a popular investigative podcast. 

Adnan Syed was convicted in 2000 of allegedly killing Hae Min Lee and burying her body in a grave in a Baltimore park.

A three-judge panel on Thursday 29 March upheld a lower court ruling allowing him a new trial.

Syed’s story was widely publicised in the 2014 Serial podcast, which questioned the legitimacy of his guilty conviction.

The show attracted millions of listeners around the world and smashed podcast records.

A lower court judge vacated Syed’s conviction in 2016, citing his attorney’s failure to cross-examine a key witness.

Prosecutors appealed to the Maryland court of special appeals, the state’s intermediate appeals court.

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