What a turn of events! Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend and featured on the first season of the ‘Serial’ podcast in 2014, has officially been granted a retrial. Get the details right here!
Adnan Syed may end up being a free man after all. The 35-year-old, whose murder case was the subject of the first season of the popular podcast “Serial,” was granted a new trial as of June 30, when his lawyer Justin Brown excitedly announced the news on Twitter. Could this mean he’s on his way to being proven innocent?
Judge Martin Welch made the decision to grant Adnan his retrial on June 30, which hasn’t just been a long time coming because of the date of Adnan’s 2000 conviction. After Adnan’s request for another hearing was granted in November 2015, he appeared in court for three days of post-conviction hearings back in February. At that time, Adnan, Justin, and the rest of their legal team were able to present new evidence, have a new alibi witness testify, and argue that the original defense counsel was grossly negligent. Four months later, the hearings proved to be beneficial for Adnan.
The retrial was granted to Adnan on the basis of “the cell tower issue” (an AT&T engineer used cell phone data against Adnan to link him to the murder in the original conviction), Justin told the New York Times, but he couldn’t elaborate any more as he had not yet read the full opinion. Even not knowing the entire background of the decision, Justin couldn’t contain his excitement and shared the good news on Twitter:
WE WON A NEW TRIAL FOR ADNAN SYED!!! #FreeAdnan
— Justin Brown (@CJBrownLaw) June 30, 2016
Adnan has been serving a life sentence in prison since was convicted of the murder of his ex Hae Min Lee in 2000, a crime to which he has endlessly pleaded innocent and used any avenue of appeal that he could to prove his innocence. It’s unclear whether this retrial will be featured on another season of “Serial,” but it does allow Adnan to get one step closer to potential freedom.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Adnan deserved a retrial? Do you think he’ll end up being proven innocent in the new trial? Tell us below!