Serial's Adnan Syed Gets New Hearing
'What once appeared highly improbable is starting to look more and more probable'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2015 10:04 AM CST
Adnan Syed, convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend 15 years ago, will get a new hearing, thanks in part to the massively popular "Serial" podcast.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Yusuf Syed)

(Newser) – Adnan Syed—the convicted murderer profiled in the massively popular podcast Serial—will get another day in court after a Baltimore judge granted a request for a hearing Friday, the Baltimore Sun reports. According to NBC News, a jury will hear testimony from a former high-school classmate who says she talked to Syed—now 35 and serving a life sentence—at a library on the day his ex-girlfriend was killed 15 years ago. New evidence regarding the reliability of the cellphone tower technology used to place Syed's phone near the scene of the crime will also be presented, the Sun reports. “This is obviously great news for Adnan. It brings us one step closer to our ultimate goal of getting him a new trial,” the Washington Post quotes his attorney. “What once appeared highly improbable is starting to look more and more probable.”

Serial was downloaded millions of times last year, revisiting Syed's case in front of a record-setting audience, the Sun reports. Prosecutors at the time had no physical evidence or eyewitnesses tying Syed to the murder. According to the Post, Syed's former classmate reached out to offer herself as an alibi witness during the trial, but his attorney never contacted her. NBC reports that attorney was later disbarred. In addition, the state's expert witness on cellphone technology says he was never given a disclaimer from AT&T that would have changed his testimony, according to the Post. The new hearing was opposed by Maryland's deputy attorney general, who calls it "inconsequential theater," the Sun reports. But the judge who approved the request says it's "in the interests of justice for all parties." No date has been set for the hearing.