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Appeal Ruling Expected For Adnan Syed Of 'Serial' This Week

The subject of the popular podcast might have a new shot at freedom.

By Gina Tron

Adnan Syed, the subject of “Serial” will soon know if he will get a new trial and a new shot at freedom after nearly two decades behind bars. Over the weekend Syed’s defense attorney Justin Brown tweeted that he's expecting a ruling from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals very soon.

However, a spokeswoman with the Administrative Office of the Courts told an ABC affiliate in an email that they "cannot speculate on a particular time when the opinion will be issued."     

In 2000, Syed was sentenced to life after being convicted of killing Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend and classmate. She was found buried in a shallow grave in Baltimore. Syed, now in his thirties, has maintained his innocence.

“Serial” dived into the case and the popular podcast conjured up questions about Syed’s conviction and it led to a new trial. In 2016, Retired Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch ruled that because his lawyer didn’t challenge the very testimony in the case that became the focal point of “Serial,” he deserved a new shot at freedom, the Associated Press reported. The state appealed that ruling.

Since then, whether or not a new trial will be in the cards for Syed has been up for debate.

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