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Killer in Serial podcast granted new trial

Associated Press Associated Press 30/06/2016

After spending 16 years in prison, a man convicted of murder who was at the centre of the podcast Serial has won a new trial in Baltimore.

Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and burying her in a park.

He was sentenced to life in prison.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch ruled on Thursday that Syed deserves another trial because his lawyer failed to cross-examine a cell tower expert about the reliability of data that placed Syed's mobile phone near the burial site.

Syed's case was widely publicised by Serial.

The podcast attracted millions of listeners by showcasing little-known evidence and raising questions about Syed's guilt.

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