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30th Jan 2016

Pay attention Serial fans – the Adnan Syed case could see a big development this week

Tom Victor

Before Making a Murderer, there was Serial.

Just like the Netflix documentary, the first season of radio podcast Serial followed a murder case with question marks over a number of issues.

Just like Steven Avery, Adnan Syed was – in the eyes of many – wrongfully convicted. And now the former Baltimore high school student may be set for a new trial.

Syed was still a teenager when a jury sentenced him to life in prison plus 30 years for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

But Serial raised the issue of whether his lawyer at trial hindered his defence by (among other things) not calling upon a key alibi witness.

Vice News reports that Syed’s new lawyer will present fresh evidence, including bringing the alibi witness in question, in an attempt to bring about a brand new trial.

The case may still have a long way to go, but whatever way you look at it this week is significant.