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Maryland Court of Appeals denies Adnan Syed's motion for reconsideration

Posted at 4:07 PM, Apr 19, 2019

The Maryland Court of Appeals has denied Adnan Syed’s attorney’s motion to reconsider the decision from last month denying him a new trial.

Earlier this month, Syed's attorney asked Maryland’s highest court to reconsider its decision to reject a new trial. The court issued a 4-3 decision on March 8 reversing the Maryland Court of Special Appeals' ruling to grant Syed a new trial.

Syed's lawyer, Justin Brown, tweeted that he will petition the Supreme Court following today's decision.

Syed was convicted of the 1999 killing of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee, Syed’s ex-girlfriend and classmate at Woodlawn High School.

The case was re-examined in the first season of the widely popular podcast “Serial,” in which doubts about Syed’s guilt and the handling of the case by both investigators and Syed’s legal defense were explored.

The trial is again under the microscope as an HBO documentary series explores the story.

Syed was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. Following the popularizing of the case by “Serial,” a new defense team began to build an appellate case for Syed, arguing that his original defense attorney, the late Christina Gutierrez, did not provide adequate counsel.