Fans of Serial have a new chapter in the story of Adnan Syed. While waiting for his new trial, he has asked a judge to release him on bail. According to NPR, his lawyers filed the request on Monday.
The first season of the hit podcast delved into the case of Syed, who was a teenager in Baltimore when he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, over 15 years ago. Sarah Koenig and her team found issues in his case, including an alibi witness who was never heard from, misleading cell phone data, and incompetent legal defense by Syed's attorney.
In July, a judge ordered a new trial based on this evidence.
His lawyers say that Syed should be granted bail while he awaits on his retrial. "Syed has now served more than 17 years in prison based on an unconstitutional conviction for a crime he did not commit," the motion for release says. "[If] released he would pose no danger to the community. He is also not a flight risk; it makes no sense that he would run from the case he has spent more than half his life trying to disprove."
His supporters, which probably include fans Serial, have offered to put up $1 million in bail money for his release.