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'Serial' Podcast Subject Adnan Syed to Get New Hearing

by Jillian Sederholm /  / Updated 

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Adnan Syed, whose case gained notoriety as the subject of the popular "Serial" podcast, has been granted a new chance to clear his name in the 1999 murder of his former high school girlfriend.

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A Baltimore judge granted a motion Friday to reopen Syed's case to allow new evidence to be presented. This includes allowing a jury to hear testimony from possible alibi witness Asia McClain, a high school friend whose account of seeing Syed in a library at the time of the suspected murder was documented on the podcast.

Related: Meet the Woman Keeping 'Serial' Subject Adnan Syed's Case Alive

Syed's current attorney has argued that trial lawyer Cristina Gutierrez failed to contact McClain as an alibi witness. Gutierrez was later disbarred.

Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence after being convicted in the death of Hae Min Lee. The two dated as students at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, Maryland.

A hearing date has not been set.

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