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Adnan Syed post-conviction hearing ends in Serial podcast case

Published 10/02/2016

Adnan Syed was convicted of killing his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 2000
Adnan Syed was convicted of killing his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 2000

A retired judge who will determine whether a man convicted of a killing at the centre of popular podcast Serial deserves a new trial says the five-day post-conviction hearing garnered more attention than any other proceeding he had seen in the state.

The hearing in Baltimore was for Adnan Syed, who was convicted of killing his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison.

He argued that he deserves a new trial because his lawyer failed to contact an alibi witness and contended that mobile phone tower data linking him to Lee's burial site was misleading.

Syed's case became the focus of the first season of Serial, a podcast that was streamed and downloaded millions of times and garnered a cult following that inspired armchair detectives all over the world to delve into the details of the case, unearthing new theories and evidence.

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