In this Dec. 10, 2014 photo, Prison artwork created by Adnan Syed sits near family photos in the home of his mother, Shamim Syed, in Baltimore, Md.
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‘Serial’ podcast subject Adnan Syed to get new hearing

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.

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.

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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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