Convicted killer in 'Serial' case gets new trial

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Adnan Syed, the man at the center of Serial's 2014 investigation into the murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee, will get a new trial, NBC Washingtonreports.

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The state appealed a lower court judge's ruling previous year that vacated Syed's conviction and ordered a new trial. It's unclear if the state will choose to do so.

Syed was accused and convicted in 2000 of burying Lee's body in in a shallow grave in a Baltimore park.

In 2016, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge overturned Syed's conviction and ordered a new trial, based on claims that Syed's trial lawyer failed to cross-examine an expert witness about the reliability of cell tower location evidence.

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More on this as it develops. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh's office said it is "currently reviewing today's decision to determine next steps", according to The Baltimore Sun.

The show attracted millions of listeners and shattered records for the number of times a podcast has been streamed or downloaded.

In the meantime, Syed's current attorney, Justin Brown, has celebrated the decision, tweeting in all-caps: "WE WON THE APPEAL".

Thursday's decision is a result of a 2016 ruling in which a judge vacated Syed's 2000 conviction.

Syed has been behind bars since his arrest in February 1999.

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The podcast star's lawyer said defense attorney Cristina Gutierrez - who passed away in 2004 - had fallen "below the standard of reasonable judgment" by not investigating McClain in the original trial.

The podcast, hosted by NPR's Sarah Koenig, cast doubt on Syed's guilt and questioned whether all evidence and witnesses had been properly introduced at his original trial.

A press conference is expected around 2:30 p.m. We're thrilled. It's been a really long wait.

This is a developing story.

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