Adnan Syed—whose arrest and conviction for the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee was the subject of the popular Serial podcast—has been granted a new trial, according to his lawyers.
Syed, then 17 years old, was found guilty of Lee's murder in 2000. Now 35, Syed is serving a life sentence plus 30 years. Throughout his imprisonment he and his lawyers have submitted numerous appeals. Most recently, a Baltimore judge was looking over new evidence and a testimony from a key witness to see if Syed deserved a new trial.
The first season of Serial—which obsessively documented the murder, trial, and imprisonment—won a Peabody Award and became one of the most successful podcasts of all time.
This post will be updated as more details emerge.