Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Baltimore. (Credit: Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Adnan Syed, convicted murderer and subject of breakout podcast “Serial,” has been granted a new trial, according to the Associated Press.
BREAKING: A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial to a convicted murderer at the heart of the popular "Serial" podcast.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 30, 2016
Syed — sentenced in 2000 to life in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee — and his case were the subject of the first season of the hugely popular true-crime podcast “Serial,” hosted by NPR’s Sarah Koenig.
Baltimore’s Judge Martin Welch handed down the order on Thursday afternoon. He cited the defense team’s “ineffective assistance” in failing to “cross-examine the State’s cell tower expert” and “contact a potential alibi witness.”
“The court finds that trial counsel’s performance fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment when she failed to cross-examine the state’s cell tower expert regarding a disclaimer obtained as part of pre-trial discovery,” Welch wrote in a statement.
The new trial date has yet to be set. Syed’s attorney, C. Justin Brown, celebrated the decision on Twitter and announced a 5:15PM (ET) press conference:
WE WON A NEW TRIAL FOR ADNAN SYED!!! #FreeAdnan
— Justin Brown (@CJBrownLaw) June 30, 2016
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