According to “The Baltimore Sun,” on Thursday, June 30, 2016, around 4:30 p.m. EST, retired Baltimore, Maryland, Judge Martin Welch vacated “Serial” podcast star Adnan Syed’s murder conviction. This decision was handed down after Judge Welch followed the case and approved Syed’s request for a new trial. Syed has been in prison since his 2000 conviction for killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
It was proven that Lee knew Syed from Woodlawn High School in Baltimore. Additionally, it was determined Syed buried Lee’s body in Leakin Park. Judge Welch explained, Syed’s trial attorney, “rendered ineffective assistance” when she failed to cross-examine the state’s expert, who described the use of a cell tower location as evidence of the crime. It was this reality, which warranted another trial because it is well-known that cell location data is not exact.
Syed’s current attorney, C. Justin Brown, broke the good news on Twitter. Brown stated we won a new trial for Syed. The popular podcast, “Serial” was able to provide enough evidence to support Syed’s request for a new trial. Syed’s own brother Yusuf claimed the entire family was feeling great about the news.
Written by Kristina Lasher
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The Baltimore Sun: Conviction vacated, new trial granted for Adnan Syed of “Serial”
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