Adnan Syed of 'Serial' Podcast Will Get a New Trial

Adnan Syed AP

Although Syed was initially granted a new trial in 2016, the state appealed the decision.

A Maryland appeals court on Thursday granted a new trial on all charges for Adnan Syed, whose case was the subject of the popular podcast "Serial".

The ruling could be appealed to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, which would mean many more months before Syed finds out whether his conviction will remain or if he will get a new trial.

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Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland February 5, 2016. But it remains a possibility that prosecutors will appeal Thursday's decision to Maryland's highest court, the Court of Appeals.

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The Maryland Court of Special Appeals found that Syed had ineffective assistance at his trial and ordered his convictions vacated in the murder of his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

His case made global headlines in 2014 when the "Serial" podcast, created by Sarah Koenig, profiled his conviction and cast doubt on his guilt.

In the meantime, Syed's current attorney, Justin Brown, has celebrated the decision, tweeting in all-caps: "WE WON THE APPEAL".

In a dissenting opinion, Judge Kathryn Grill Graeff disagreed with the majority, saying Syed had failed to overcome the presumption that his trial lawyer's failure to contact McClain was based on reasonable trial strategy. The show attracted millions of listeners and shattered podcast records.

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"We hope that they will come to the conclusion that this has gone on long enough", he said.

A press conference is expected around 2:30 p.m.

"And "Serial" has also helped to build this groundswell of support for us and for Adnan and for the case, and that has really fueled these efforts and allowed us to keep fighting on the way that we have", Brown said.

This story is developing.

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