Adnan Syed, the man at the center of Serial's 2014 investigation into the murder of high school student Hae Min Lee, will receive a new trial, reports NBC Washington. Although Syed initially received a new trial in 2016, the state appealed the decision. Today, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals decided that it would maintain that decision, paving the way for Syed's new case.
In 2000, Syed was convicted of the first-degree murder of Lee, his ex-girlfriend. Lee's body was found in a park in Baltimore in 1999, after his disappearance weeks before. During the first season of Serial, presenter Sarah Koenig and her research team delved into the circumstances surrounding her death, as well as the dubious procedures of the trial itself; Koenig's report questioned the accuracy of the prosecution's star witness, compared the data from the telephony tower to the call records and highlighted previously unknown testimonies from other parties.
Syed unsuccessfully appealed his conviction before, but Serial's serial success helped replenish the public interest in his case. Since the first season of the podcast, questions have been raised about Syed's innocence, as well as about how effectively his lawyer represented him at trial. No further information about Syed's new trial, including a court date, has been released.