ANNAPOLIS, MD — Adnan Syed will get a new trial, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled on Thursday.
In 2000, Syed, whose story was the subject of the 2014 podcast Serial, was convicted of killing his high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, 18. Authorities alleged that Syed, then 17, buried her body in a shallow grave in a park in northwest Baltimore. Syed was sentenced to serve life in prison.
In 2016, a lower court judge vacated Syed’s conviction and ruled that he deserved a new trial because his original attorney failed to cross-examine a key witness.
Prosecutors then appealed that decision to the appellate court, which upheld that decision on Thursday.
Syed’s attorney claimed that his client’s trial attorney, the late Cristina Gutierrez, provided ineffective counsel both when she failed to pursue an alibi by calling witness Asia Chapman to testify, and when she failed to cross-examine the state’s cell tower expert about the reliability of location data that placed Syed near the burial site.
Chapman claimed that she saw Syed at the library in Woodlawn around the same time prosecutors say Lee was killed, and that Syed couldn’t be the killer.
Read the complete court documents here.
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Main photo: Officials escort Adnan Syed from the courthouse on Feb. 3, 2016, following the completion of the first day of hearings for a retrial in Baltimore [Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images]