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Serial Subject Adnan Syed Wants to Go Free Before New Trial

His lawyer requests bail

(Newser) - A defendant awaiting retrial for the slaying of his high school girlfriend and whose story was the center of a popular podcast is asking to be released from prison, the AP reports. Justin Brown, a lawyer representing Adnan Syed, wrote in a motion filed Monday that Syed should be released... More »

Classmates Say Serial Witness Said She Would Lie

They emailed AG about argument from 1999

(Newser) - An alibi witness for a man whose murder conviction was re-examined in the popular Serial podcast told two classmates more than 16 years ago she would lie to help him, the Maryland attorney general's office wrote in court filings Monday. Officials wrote that two sisters who were classmates of... More »

State Balks at Serial Retrial

Maryland is appealing judge's ruling to give Adnan Syed a new trial

(Newser) - A Baltimore judge was wrong to consider "a novel standalone claim" about the reliability of cellphone tracking evidence in granting a new trial for a man whose murder conviction was re-examined in the Serial podcast, the Maryland attorney general's office says. Appealing the decision to retry Adnan Syed,... More »

Serial Host Stunned by 'Longshot' Ruling

Sarah Koenig describes her reaction

(Newser) - So how did Serial host Sarah Koenig react when she heard that the subject of her podcast's first season, Adnan Syed, was granted a new trial ? She and Serial executive producer Julie Snyder were Skyping at the time, "and both of us did exactly the same involuntary... More »

Adnan Syed of Serial Gets a New Trial

Judge vacates his murder conviction

(Newser) - Adnan Syed, subject of the Serial podcast, will get a new trial. On Thursday, a Baltimore judge vacated Syed's murder conviction in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 2000, and granted his request to be tried again, the Baltimore Sun reports. Judge Martin Welch wrote in... More »

Bowe Bergdahl Diagnosed With Schizophrenia-like Mental Disorder

'The ball was dropped'

(Newser) - For the first time, we know what "severe mental disease or defect" Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have been suffering from when he decided to walk away from an Army base in Afghanistan in 2009, the Washington Post reports. The condition is known as schizotypal personality disorder. It's similar... More »

Serial Witness Offers an Apology to Adnan Syed

Asia McClain regrets not coming forward to testify sooner

(Newser) - Now that she's told a court about seeing Adnan Syed at a school library around the time authorities allege he was murdering his ex-girlfriend, alibi witness Asia McClain is speaking directly to the convicted killer. Asked what she would like to say to Syed, McClain tells ABC News , "... More »

Serial Subject's New Hearing Rests on 2 Issues

Judge will decide if Adnan Syed should get a new trial

(Newser) - Serial subject Adnan Syed will soon know whether he'll be granted a new trial in the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed, serving a life sentence for the crime, appeared in court Wednesday for the start of a three-day hearing to review new evidence, including documents... More »

New Season of Serial Lands, Starring Bergdahl

Podcast will examine why he left his post in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The rumors were true : Bowe Bergdahl is the focus of the second season of Sarah Koenig's podcast Serial, which helped reopen the case of convicted killer Adnan Syed. In the first season, the question was "Did he do it?" This time around, it's "Why did Bergdahl... More »

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