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Appeals court upholds new trial for Adnan Syed, subject of first ‘Serial’ podcast

Officials escort Adnan Syed, the focus of the first "Serial" podcast, from a Baltimore courthouse in 2016. An appeals court has upheld a ruling granting Syed a new trial.
Officials escort Adnan Syed, the focus of the first “Serial” podcast, from a Baltimore courthouse in 2016. An appeals court has upheld a ruling granting Syed a new trial.
(Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun / TNS)

A Maryland appeals court has upheld a ruling granting a new trial to a man whose conviction in the murder of his high school sweetheart became the subject of the popular podcast “Serial.”

Adnan Syed was convicted in 2000 of killing Hae Min Lee and burying her body in a shallow grave in a Baltimore park. A three-judge panel on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling granting him a new trial.

Syed’s story was widely publicized in the 2014 “Serial” podcast, which cast doubt on his guilt. The show attracted millions of listeners and shattered podcast records.

A lower court judge vacated Syed’s conviction in 2016, citing his attorney’s failure to cross-examine a key witness. Prosecutors appealed to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state’s intermediate appeals court.

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