Adnan Syed, whose murder case received global attention through the viral podcast Serial, has been granted a new trial, marking a major victory for the Maryland prisoner.
Syed was a senior in high school when he was arrested in 1999 in the killing of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
Syed’s case was the focus of Season 1 of NPR’s popular “Serial” podcast. People are questioning the conviction because Syed’s former attorneys did not investigate the statements of Asia McClain, who said she saw Syed at the library during the time when prosecutors said Lee was murdered.
His currents lawyers have also argued that information linking his mobile phone to the burial site is unreliable. Lee’s body had been found in a city park, one month after she disappeared.
Syed’s attorney Justin Brown made the announcement Thursday on Twitter.
Syed, now 36, had argued in Baltimore court that Cristina Gutierrez, his lawyer in the original trial, had provided ineffective counsel and failed to investigate a crucial alibi. The ruling by retired judge Martin Welch was handed down Thursday, four months after Syed’s post-trial hearing.