Adnan Syed, the subject of last year's wildly popular podcast Serial, was just granted a motion to re-open conviction proceedings for his murder case. The motion will allow Syed to present evidence concerning his alibi and cell tower records, and brings him one step closer to potentially overturning his conviction.
As detailed on Serial, Syed is serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, his high school classmate and ex-girlfriend who was found dead in Baltimore's Leakin Park. The podcast served to cast doubt on the original investigation and conviction, and as a consequence, Syed was granted an appeal by Maryland's Court of Special Appeals earlier this year.
Syed was granted an appeal earlier this year
Syed and his lawyer, C. Justin Brown, will now have to offer up new evidence that may potentially exonerate him. Both have so far argued that Syed's first lawyer, Christina Gutierrez, mishandled the case in court by failing to reach out to Syed's fellow classmate Asia McClain, who could have provided an alibi during the original trial. Other evidence, like hazy cell tower records, could also be presented. Syed's hearing hasn't yet been scheduled.