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Adnan Syed, the convicted murderer from the “Serial” podcast, is getting a new trial

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By Adam Pasick, Frida Garza
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Adnan Syed, the convicted murderer whose case was explored in the hit podcast Serialis getting a new trial.

Syed is serving a life sentence plus 30 years for the murder of Hae Min Lee, his onetime high school girlfriend. Syed was 17 when he was convicted in 2000; he has now spent almost half his life behind bars.

His attorney, Justin Brown, tweeted the news this afternoon.

Serial raised a number of questions about Syed’s case, though host Sarah Koenig ultimately did not come to a conclusion about his guilt or innocence.

The podcast documented questionable police practices and evidence in the case. But the new trial was ultimately granted after a judge ruled that Syed’s former attorney gave him “ineffective assistance” for failing to properly cross-examine a state witness about the “reliability of cell-tower location evidence.”

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