Murder case from hit US podcast Serial will be given a chance to appeal

February 9, 2015 11:33 am

A man convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1999 and featured in recent hit US Serial will be given a chance to appeal against his sentence, a Maryland court said in a decision released over the weekend.
Adnan Syed, 34, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2000 for the murder of his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
The story of the young couple become a sensation after it was featured in the blockbuster weekly podcast Serial.
According
to the appeals court decision, Adnan Syed has until March 16 to trigger
the appeal over whether he had adequate representation at trial.

Adnan Musud Syed is serving time in prison for the murder of his
girlfirend Hae Min Lee (inset photo) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Photos
/ Supplied

Prosecutors from the state of Maryland argued against allowing
the appeal, saying Syed was given a fair defense and there is no need
to reopen his case.
The court is scheduled to hear arguments in June.
Serial is a mix of investigative journalism, first-person narrative and dramatic story telling.
Its first season focused solely on Syed’s story and included 12 episodes.
The show cast doubt on whether Syed received proper representation at trial and whether he committed the murder of Lee.
During
his trial, prosecutors argued that Syed strangled Lee after school in
the parking lot of a suburban Baltimore Best Buy electronics store,
jealous that she was seeing another, older man after they were no longer
dating each other.
Both were honor students and children from
immigrant families – one from Pakistan, the other from South Korea – who
had concealed their relationship from their conservative parents.
The show was downloaded over 5 million times on the Apple iTunes store. It is also available at www.serialpodcast.org.

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