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Sun staff writer to discuss Serial podcast subject Syed today

Baltimore Sun staff writer Justin George will discuss the appeal case of Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular "Serial" podcast, at noon today on American University Radio, WAMU 88.5, in Washington.

On Friday, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled to reopen Syed's appeal process after he had been denied twice over the past dozen years. Syed, now 33, was convicted of first-degree murder in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison after jurors decided he killed his Woodlawn High School classmate and ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in January 1999.

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Syed has argued that he received "ineffective counsel" during the trial. He also argued that his lawyer did not investigate an alibi witness who has sworn in affadavits that she is willing to testify that she saw him in a public library at the time prosecutors allege Lee was killed.

The Court of Special Appeals could hear oral arguments for his appeal in June.

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