Newswire: Baltimore judge orders new trial for Serial’s Adnan Syed

Judge Martin P. Welch has just vacated the conviction of Adnan Syed of the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, The Baltimore Sun reports, and a new trial has been ordered.

This has been a long road for Syed and his supporters: Syed was convicted to a life sentence in 2000, when he was 19. He was granted an appeal in February 2015, after a judge heard five days of testimony—including the testimony of Asia McClain, who Serial podcast listeners will remember as the acquaintance who allegedly saw Syed in the library around the time that Lee would have gone missing. McClain was never called to testify in Syed’s original trial.

The original trial hinged in part on records from cell-phone towers, which would have placed Syed in the vicinity of Lee’s murder. But AT&T, the service provider, specifically indicated to the state of Maryland …

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