A Baltimore judge has denied a motion to release Adnan Syed, subject of the popular Serial podcast, from prison as he awaits a new trial.
In 2000, Syed was convicted in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, and sentenced to life in prison.
In July, a judge vacated Syed's conviction based on the defense's decision not to cross examine a state witness about the reliability of cellphone tower evidence.
His lawyers filed a motion to have Syed released. Judge Martin Welch denied the motion, "in large part, because of the open status of the case in the appeals court," a statement the website for Syed's lawyer, Justin Brown, reads.
— Justin Brown (@CJBrownLaw) December 29, 2016
The state is in the process of appealing the vacated conviction and new trial.