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  • 06.30.16

Adnan Syed of “Serial” infamy just won a new trial

Debates about Adnan Syed’s guilt are about to spill out of late-2014 Slack feeds and into a courtroom. Syed, of course, was a key figure in the paradigm-redefining podcast, Serial, which traced his conviction in 2000 for the murder of a young woman named Hae Min Lee. The massive Serial audience seemed to be split on whether Syed was truly guilty, or if someone else—such as former friend Jay Wilds—was the killer. As trial lawyer Justin Brown just tweeted, however, Syed has officially won a new trial. It will be interesting to see whether any info from the investigation Sarah Koenig and co. conducted finds its way into the courtroom as evidence.

Baltimore City Circuit Court judge Martin P. Welch wrote in the order that “the record, which has been supplemented with Asia McClain’s January 13, 2015 affidavit and her subsequent testimony, shall be RE-TRANSMITTED to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals for further proceedings . . . ” 

JB