There might be hope for Adnan Syed after all. Adnan, the subject of popular crime podcast ‘Serial’, was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in 2000, but on Feb. 6 he was granted an appeal.
He’s definitely not a free man, but the Maryland Court of Special Appeals approved Adnan Syed‘s motion for an appeal on Feb. 6. Adnan, who was sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend in 2000, will present new evidence in June, challenging his murder conviction.
‘Serial’: Adnan Syed Granted An Appeal By Maryland Court For Murder Conviction
This is great news to people who believe Adnan, now 34, was wrongly convicted for killing his ex Hae Min Lee. After Sarah Koenig‘s successful Serial podcast, many believe that Adnan is not guilty and questioned whether or not he received a fair trial.
“It’s the first step in a pretty long process but we’re extremely happy,” Adnan’s attorney, C. Justin Brown, told the Baltimore Sun.
Adnan, a teenager at the time, was convicted on charges of robbery, false imprisonment and first degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. A few years ago, he appealed but his request was denied.
Adnan’s attorney filed an application last year to fight the denial of his appeal. He claims that Adnan’s attorney at the time, Christina Gutierrez, who died in 2004, ignored Adnan’s request to reach a plea deal. He also claims that she failed to interview a witness, one who could have potentially provided him with an alibi.
New evidence will be highly examined in Adnan’s case. This might include a testimony from Asia McClain, who claimed that Adnan was with her at a library when Hae was murdered. She filed an affidavit in January claiming she was told not to participate in his appeal.
Chief Judge Peter B. Krauser granted Adnan’s application for leave to appeal, and his new court session will begin in June.
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— Julianne Ishler