The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a bombshell decision in a case that has garnered national attention after it was featured on a popular podcast.
The ruling comes after the case captured the attention of millions nationwide — and things could get very interesting moving forward.
Adnan Syed was convicted of killing his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, nearly 20 years ago and is currently serving a life sentence.
After his case was featured on a popular investigative crime podcast called Serial, Syed was hoping for a new trial — but the Supreme Court rejected his request late last week.
The Supreme Court left in place a 4-3 ruling by the Maryland Court of Appeals, and now Syed’s legal team is being forced to determine how they will proceed going forward.
Syed reportedly murdered Lee, who was 17-years-old at the time, and buried her body in a park in Baltimore, Maryland.
When Serial picked up the case in 2014, it quickly caught the attention of millions of people who followed the story and how it has unraveled in recent years.
It is being alleged that Cristina Gutierrez, Syed’s lawyer at the time of his trial, never contacted a woman who “claimed she saw him at a library at the time of the slaying.”
However, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said he was “confident in the verdict” handed down in 2000.
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Here’s more from Fox News on the case, what Syed was found guilty of, and how it has transpired over the years:
Syed is serving a life sentence for in the murder of Lee, whom he once dated. Prosecutors said during his trial that Syed killed her after she broke off their relationship.
Syed’s case attracted an international following when it was featured in the 12-part podcast in 2014.
The show shattered podcast-streaming and downloading records, shining a spotlight that led to renewed court proceedings.
His case seemed to have a breakthrough in 2016 when a Maryland court ordered a new trial, citing an alibi witness that was never explored by Syed’s defense attorney. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals agreed with the lower court.
But state prosecutors continued to fight it. And in March, the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, determined in a 4-to-3 decision that Syed does not deserve a new trial, reversing his legal victory and keeping Syed locked up.
The appeals court did believe that Syed’s trial counsel was deficient but did not find any prejudice. That ruling essentially was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Last year, the Maryland Court of Appeals denied Syed a new trial, saying there was little chance the outcome of the trial would have changed even if Gutierrez had contacted the witness.
His legal team argued that Syed was a juvenile when he was sentenced to life in prison without a “meaningful opportunity for parole” — and that they planned to file an appeal in state court on those grounds.
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