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'Serial' Podcast's Adnan Syed Granted Retrial In 1999 Murder Case

Serial Podcast Adnan Syed Granted Retrial In 1999 Murder Case
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Jul. 1 2016, Published 2:50 p.m. ET

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After serving 16 years in prison for the murder of his high school ex-girlfriend, Serial podcast subject Adnan Syed was finally granted a retrial.

During a hearing this February, the 35-year-old's lawyers argued that Syed deserved a new trial after his original attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, failed to contact key alibi witnesses and didn't fight to dismiss other evidence surrounding the case had not been reliable.

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Syed's current attorney, Justin Brown, wrote a celebratory tweet after hearing the news of a retrial on Thursday, writing: "WE WON A NEW TRIAL FOR ADNAN SYED!!! #FreeAdnan."

Adnan's younger brother, Yusuf Syed, told 11 News that he started jumping when he discovered the news.

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Syed's case became wildly popular after the podcast, Serial, made its debut in 2014, detailing the killing of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee.

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Many fans of the series assisted in uncovering new evidence and questions regarding the case, ultimately leading to a Baltimore judge's decision for a retrial.

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