Will Subject Of 'Serial' Case Get A New Trial?

Adnan Syed is seeking new trial; Appeals Court will hear arguments on June 8

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

There's an update in the case of Adnan Syed. A Baltimore appeals court will soon hear arguments about whether Syed, known for sharing his case on the popular podcast Serial, will get a new trial as part of his appeal of his murder conviction.

The Baltimore Sun reports that attorneys will return to court for the hearing on June 8, but the decision itself will be made at a later date. This January, the Court of Special Appeals ruled that it would hear arguments in the state's appeal of a judge's order to give Syed a new trial.

In 2000, Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. The story of high school love and murder captivated audiences in the NPR podcast Serial. Millions heard about evidence that may have shifted the trial unfairly against Syed, including an unheard alibi and inaccurate cellphone records.

Last June, a judge overturned the original conviction on grounds of the cellphone evidence. The state appealed that ruling in August.

Syed has since remained in prison and will not be present in the upcoming hearing. In December, he was denied a motion to be released until the new trial.


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