Serial’s Adnan Syed Granted Appeal in Maryland: Details

Adnan Syed, the subject of the Serial podcast
 Courtesy of Serial

Serial fans will want to hear this. Adnan Syed, who is the subject of the ever so addicting podcast Serial, was granted an appeal to challenge his murder conviction in Maryland on Friday, Feb. 6. Syed has been behind bars since 2000 after allegedly murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee back in 1999.

"It's the first step in a pretty long process but we're extremely happy," Syed's attorney, C. Justin Brown, told The Baltimore Sun in a statement. Syed was previously denied a request he made years earlier.

The official Twitter account for Serial posted the court documents, and his appeal is scheduled for June 2015. (The Serial podcast has been downloaded more than five million times.)

Serial host Sarah Koenig sifted through details of the case in a 12-part podcast late last year. In December 2014, key witness Jay Wilds (who confessed to police that he helped Syed bury Lee's body) recounted the events in a compelling interview with The Intercept.

"There was never a real friendship," Wilds said. "I only smoked [weed] with him two or three times. It wasn't like, 'Oh, we're down in the park, come on down.' We were friendly, we were cool. I might have sat next to him in a class, and joked or something. But he didn’t call me unless he needed something."

Wilds explained that he felt "ashamed and embarrassed" after helping Syed, and decided to speak out to clear his name. "I'm worried for the safety of my family," he said. "I think the truth is important, and I'm trying to tell it — not for entertainment value."

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