Adnan Syed, subject of Serial podcast, granted a new murder trial

Decision by Baltimore judge comes after 16-years-in prison for killing former girlfriend

Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and burying her in a park. He was sentenced to life in prison.  Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and burying her in a park. He was sentenced to life in prison. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

 

A man convicted of murder who was at the centre of the podcast Serial has won a new trial in Baltimore after spending 16 years in prison.

Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and burying her in a park. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch ruled on Thursday that Syed deserves another trial because his lawyer failed to cross-examine a mobile phone tower expert about the reliability of data that placed Syed’s mobile phone near the burial site.

Syed’s case was widely publicised by Serial. The podcast attracted millions of listeners by showcasing little-known evidence and raising questions about Syed’s guilt.

AP