Adnan Syed of 'Serial' Podcast to Get New Trial

Adnan Syed will get a new trial in the murder of his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee

Adnan Syed will get a new trial in the murder of his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee

Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the subject of the hit podcast "Serial", was granted a new trial by a Maryland appeals court on Thursday. That judge also ruled that Syed should get a new trial because his attorney at the time of his original trial had neglected to question a potentially significant witness: a former high school classmate of Syed's, Asia McClain, now Asia Chapman. Prosecutors at trial matched Wilds' version of events to incoming and outgoing calls on Syed's cell phone, claiming that cell tower "pings" showed that Syed was at Leakin Park in West Baltimore, where Lee's body was later found.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals voted 2-1 to find that Syed's "Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel was violated by trial counsel's failure to investigate McClain as a potential alibi witness". Prosecutors appealed that decision to the appellate court.

Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland February 5, 2016.

This decision affirms a June 2016 lower court ruling where Judge Martin P. Welch granted Syed a new trial and vacated his conviction.

Syed, who was the focus of the popular 2014 podcast 'Serial, ' has spent the last 18 years behind bars.

His case made global headlines in 2014 when the "Serial" podcast, created by Sarah Koenig, profiled his conviction and cast doubt on his guilt.

Lee was murdered in 1999 in Baltimore
Lee was murdered in 1999 in Baltimore

Serial became one of the most popular podcasts to have ever been released and the fastest in iTunes history to reach 5 million downloads and streams.

In a dissenting opinion, Judge Kathryn Grill Graeff disagreed with the majority, saying Syed had failed to overcome the presumption that his trial lawyer's failure to contact McClain was based on reasonable trial strategy.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement his office is "currently reviewing today's decision to determine next steps".

Syed's trial lawyer tweeted the news about the new trial on Thursday afternoon.

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