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Court rejects new trial for ‘Serial’ podcast case of teen convicted in ex-girlfriend’s strangling

Supreme Court rejects new trial for ‘Serial’ podcast case of teen convicted of strangling his ex-girlfriend in 2000

  • The Supreme Court rejected Adnan Syed’s bid for a new trial based on information uncovered in NPR’s ‘Serial’ podcast
  • The Maryland man had been convicted of strangling a high school classmate and ex-girlfriend he was dating and is serving a life sentence
  • Syed was found guilty in 2000 for the murder of  17-year-old Hae Min Lee and burying her body in a Baltimore park 
  • Prosecutors said during his trial that Syed killed her after she broke off their relationship
  • Syed´s lawyers had argued that his trial lawyer´s failure to investigate an alibi witness violated his right to competent legal representation
  • Rabia Chaudry, an attorney and friend of Syed´s family the Supreme Court´s decision ‘was fully expected’. 

Adnan Syed, the prisoner serving life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend in a case made famous by the NPR podcast ‘Serial,’ was turned down for a new trial.

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Maryland man´s request, based on information uncovered by the hit podcast.

Justices did not comment in leaving in place a 4-3 ruling by Maryland´s highest court that denied a new trial to Syed, who was convicted in 2000 of strangling 17-year-old Hae Min Lee, an ex-girlfriend whom he went to high school with.

Prosecutors said during his trial that Syed killed Lee after she broke off their relationship and buryied her body in a Baltimore park. 

Adnan Syed (pictured), the prisoner serving life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend in a case made famous by the podcast ‘Serial,’ was turned down for a new trial. The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Maryland man´s request, based on information uncovered by the show

Syed was convicted in 2000 of strangling 17-year-old Hae Min Lee, an ex-girlfriend whom he went to high school with. Justices did not comment in leaving in place a 4-3 ruling by Maryland´s highest court that denied a new trial

Syed was convicted in 2000 of strangling 17-year-old Hae Min Lee, an ex-girlfriend whom he went to high school with. Justices did not comment in leaving in place a 4-3 ruling by Maryland´s highest court that denied a new trial

Prosecutors said during his trial that Syed killed Lee in 1999 after she broke off their relationship and buryied her body in a Baltimore park

Prosecutors said during his trial that Syed killed Lee in 1999 after she broke off their relationship and buryied her body in a Baltimore park

Syed´s lawyers had argued that his trial lawyer´s failure to investigate an alibi witness violated his right to competent legal representation.

‘We are deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court but by no means is this the end of Adnan Syed’, defense attorney C. Justin Brown told The Associated Press. 

‘There are other legal options and we are exploring each and every one of them’.

Millions of people learned about Syed when the hit podcast ‘Serial’ dedicated its entire first season to the case in 2014. The show shattered podcast-streaming and downloading records, shining a spotlight that led to renewed court proceedings. 

Two Maryland courts found that Syed deserved a new trial. 

His lawyer during his first trial, Cristina Gutierrez, failed to contact a woman who said she saw Syed at a library at the time prosecutors say he strangled his ex-girlfriend in 1999. Gutierrez has since died.

But in 2018, the Maryland Court of Appeals denied Syed a new trial, even though it agreed his trial lawyer´s work was lacking. The state high court said there was little chance the outcome would have been different had Gutierrez done what she should have.

Rabia Chaudry, an attorney and friend of Syed´s family who first brought his case to the attention of ‘This American Life’, an NPR broadcast program which developed the Serial podcast, said Monday that the Supreme Court´s decision ‘was fully expected’. 

She said his defense team has been preparing to file either a habeas petition in federal court or go back to the state court.

‘We were just waiting. It was just a technicality. Now it´s done, so we can move forward’, she said of the high court´s move. 

‘He is doing fine. He is hanging in there. He knows that none of us are basically giving up’, she added about Syed. 

‘He was a great legal team. He was a lot of public support and walking away is not an option’.

Rabia Chaudry, an attorney and friend of Syed´s family who first brought his case to the attention of 'This American Life', an NPR broadcast program which developed the Serial podcast, said that the decision from the Supreme Court (pictured) 'was fully expected'

Rabia Chaudry, an attorney and friend of Syed´s family who first brought his case to the attention of ‘This American Life’, an NPR broadcast program which developed the Serial podcast, said that the decision from the Supreme Court (pictured) ‘was fully expected’

 

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