Adnan Syed, was convicted of first degree murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in January 1999.
The conviction was based on the testimony of Jay Wilds, who claimed he had helped Syed bury Lee’s body and dispose of her car, and cellphone evidence.
Syed’s lawyer has stated that “the cell tower evidence was misleading and should have never been admitted at trial.”
On November 6th, 2015 judge Martin P Welch ordered an appeals court to consider testimony from Asia McClain, who claimed to have seen him around the time of Lee’s disappearance, but whose account was never brought before the court by Syed’s lawyer at the time.
Welch also granted Syed’s petition to include a rediscovered document that casts doubt on cellphone-tower evidence that was critical to the prosecution’s case in 2000.
6 July 2016 New trial granted