Lawyers for Adnan Syed argue he was unfairly convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend. The state of Maryland is urging a judge to deny him a new trial.
What We Know:
-- The crime: Hae Min Lee was strangled to death in 1999 and buried in the woods of northwest Baltimore.
-- The convict: Adnan Syed, now 35, is serving a life sentence for her murder.
-- The appeal: Syed's defense says his trial lawyer, later disbarred, was falling apart and failed to contact many potential alibi witnesses, including one who crucially saw him in a library at the time of the killing.
-- The push: Syed's case made little progress until "Serial," a podcast produced by journalist Sarah Koenig, treated the case like a murder mystery, attracting millions of listeners who mulled over every detail.
-- The response: Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah said it may be unpopular to say so, but Syed is guilty. Now it's up to Judge Martin Welch to decide.
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