Adnan Syed, Subject of 'Serial' Podcast, Granted Right to Reopen Appeal

Adnan Syed, now 34, is serving a life term for killing Hae Min Lee in 1999. He has insisted that he is innocent of the crime.

AP

A Maryland man who was convicted of murdering his former high-school girlfriend, and whose case is the subject of the prominent podcast "Serial," was granted a request to reopen his appeal.

Adnan Syed, now 34, is serving a life term for killing Hae Min Lee in 1999. He has never wavered from his stand that he is innocent of the crime, media reports say.

His appeal asserted that his attorney at his two trials provided ineffective counsel.
The Baltimore Sun reported that no physical evidence or eyewitnesses connected Syed to the killing.

And Syed's first attorney, media reports say, failed to call a key alibi witness for Syed. That attorney died in 2004.

Syed's first trial ended in a mistrial and the second in a conviction.

On Friday the Maryland Court of Special Appeals agreed to hear the case and scheduled arguments for June, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Syed's case was taken up by the immensely popular "Serial" podcast, created by Sarah Koenig of the "This American Life" public radio broadcast.

Koenig revisited the case, reviewing old evidence while discovering new information about witnesses, alibis and suspects. However, she was unable to conclude the case either way by podcast's end.