Adnan Syed of ‘Serial’ Is Denied a New Trial by Maryland Court of Appeals – The New York Times

Mr. Syed’s lawyer, C. Justin Brown, said in a statement on Friday that he would review other avenues of relief, including federal courts.

Brian E. Frosh, Maryland’s attorney general, said in a statement, “Justice was done for Hae Min Lee and her family.”

[Mr. Syed’s conviction was reinstated two days before the premiere of an HBO series revisiting the case. Here’s what to know before watching.]

In 1999, Ms. Lee’s body was found in a shallow grave in Leakin Park, at Baltimore’s western edge. Mr. Syed was arrested, and in 2000, he was convicted of first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment in the death of Ms. Lee.

During the trial, a friend of Mr. Syed said that he had heard him confess to the murder and accompanied him to the park to bury Ms. Lee’s body. But another student, who said she saw Mr. Syed in the library on the afternoon of Ms. Lee’s disappearance, was not called to the stand.


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