Adnan Syed, subject of popular podcast 'Serial,' will await new trial in prison


    The Baltimore County man whose murder conviction was overturned earlier this year after it was the subject of a popular podcast won't be released from prison as he awaits a new trial.

    TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) -- The Baltimore County man whose murder conviction was overturned earlier this year after it was the subject of a popular podcast won't be released from prison as he awaits a new trial.

    That's according to court documents where the same Baltimore City Circuit Judge who vacated the conviction denied a motion for Adnan Syed to be released on bail.

    Maryland's Attorney General's Office is currently appealing the decision for a new trial which is part of the reason the court denied Syed's release.

    The court, in its opinion, didn't find Syed to be a danger to the community but said that Syed might be a flight risk based on the evidence against him.

    "The circuit court finds that Petitioner poses a risk of failing to appear at a new trial based upon the potential of being convicted a second time and the likelihood of a life sentence being re-imposed," the opinion reads.

    The 35-year-old has been serving a life sentence since 2000 when he was convicted of killing his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee.

    Syed's case was the focus of the podcast "Serial" which went viral in 2014.

    A judge ruled Syed's attorney was constitutionally ineffective and vacated the conviction in June.

    Brown's legal team called the decision a setback.

    "We are disappointed by the Court's ruling," said C. Justin Brown, Syed's lead defense attorney, in a statement. "The Court has already found that Adnan's conviction 17 years ago was unconstitutional. Yet he remains in prison."

    Brown said he has contacted Syed's family but has not been able to tell his client the news in person. The lawyer added that they are focused on the bigger picture of proving Syed's innocence.

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