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Maryland Appeals Court to rule on Adnan Syed case from Serial podcast

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (PIX11) — The Maryland Court of Special Appeals will consider whether or not to appeal Adnan Syed’s case, which became well-known after the release of the podcast Serial.

Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Lee, who was a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, disappeared January 13, 1999. A month after her disappearance, she was found dead in a city park.

The case against Syed was largely based on the story of one witness — Syed’s friend Jay Wilds. Wilds testified that he helped bury Lee’s body, but Syed always maintained his innocence, even while behind bars.

In the 12-episode podcast, host Sarah Koenig sifts through legal documents, investigators’ notes, trial testimonies, police interrogations and interviews with people who might remember the case, including Syed himself. By the end of episode 12, Koenig leaves it up to listeners to make their own judgment about the case.

Since its release, Serial podcast sparked several conspiracy theories about the case and who might have killed Lee. It also led to a three-part exclusive interview on The Intercept with Wilds, who claimed Koenig “created an evil archetype of me and sensationalized my motives.”

A decision on the application for leave to appeal will be made after the court reviews Syed’s application and the state’s response.

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