A court in Maryland has ordered a new trial for Adnan Syed in the murder of Hae Min Lee, reports NPR
Syed was the sympathetic focus of season 1 of the popular NPR podcast, Serial which was heard by more than one million listeners.
The court voted 2-1 to back a lower court ruling that described Syed’s defense as “deficient.”
“He’s happy, he’s very happy,” lawyer C. Justin Brown said to CNN“He’s been waiting 18 years to hear this.”
Syed was convicted in the 1999 murder of Lee. The high school student,18, had just broken up with the then 17 year old.
The defense case is largely based on the fact that an alibi witness, Asia McClain, was never brought forth. McClain said she saw Syed at the time the murder occurred.
Cosmopolitan published a statement in 2016 from Lee’s parents.
The family criticized McClain who they say did not sit through every day of both trials like they did.
“It remains hard to see so many run to defend someone who committed a horrible crime, who destroyed our family, who refuses to accept responsibility, when so few are willing to speak up for Hae,” the statement said.
The prosecution has 30 days to appeal.
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