Convicted killer in 'Serial' case gets new trial

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"Trial counsel's deficient performance prejudiced Syed's defense, because, but for trial counsel's failure to investigate, there is a reasonable probability that McClain's alibi testimony would have raised a reasonable doubt in the mind of at least one juror about Syed's involvement Hae's murder", the opinion reads.

The state Court of Special Appeals upheld a lower court's decision previous year to overturn Syed's conviction in the strangling of his ex-girlfriend while he was in high school, and sent his case back to a Baltimore court for retrial.

Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the subject of popular investigative journalism podcast Serial, is set to face a new trial.

Syed was convicted in 2000 of killing Hae Min Lee, his high school sweetheart. Lee's body was found in 1999 in a Baltimore park, following her disappearance weeks earlier. The Court of Special Appeals reversed the circuit court on both issues, which it is what it is.

This decision affirms a June 2016 lower court ruling where Judge Martin P. Welch granted Syed a new trial and vacated his conviction.

In 2000, Syed was convicted for the first-degree murder of Lee, his ex-girlfriend.

Syed's story was widely publicized in the 2014 "Serial" podcast, which cast doubt on his guilt and inspired armchair investigators to unearth new information.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh's office said that it is "currently reviewing today's decision to determine next steps".

Syed's trial lawyer tweeted the news about the new trial on Thursday afternoon.

The show attracted millions of listeners and shattered records for the number of times a podcast has been streamed or downloaded.

Syed's attorney C. Justin Brown, however, has in post-conviction hearings pointed to new evidence that he says calls the cell data into question, and the lower court judge in 2016 agreed, ruling that Syed's original trial lawyer "fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment" when she didn't raise the issue at trial. "We're ready to try the case", Brown said.

This is a developing story.

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