Serial Subject Adnan Syed Granted New Trial 16 Years After Murder Conviction
A Baltimore judge has vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular “Serial” podcast that explored his case, and granted his request for a new trial.
The order from retired Judge Martin Welch was handed down in an order Thursday afternoon. Syed has been serving a life sentence since being convicted in 2000 of killing ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a Woodlawn High School classmate, and burying her body in Leakin Park.
Welch wrote in his opinion that Syed’s trial attorney “renedered ineffective assistance when she failed to cross-examine the state’s expert regarding the reliability of cell tower location evidence.”
Syed’s attorney, C. Justin Brown, broke word of the judge’s ruling on Twitter. “WE WON A NEW TRIAL FOR ADNAN SYED! #FreeAdnan,” he wrote.
Reached by phone, Syed’s brother Yusuf said the family was “feeling great.”
“I had a feeling in my heart it was going to happen,” he said. “We are just very happy. It’s not only a win for us but a win for a lot of people who are stuck in the system because it opened a lot of people’s eyes about the justice system.”
Adnan’s new lawyer tweeted this message: