Serial's Adnan Syed could be released before Christmas

Syed's friend and attorney Rabia Choudrey spoke to Newstalk's Breakfast

Serial's Adnan Syed could be released before Christmas

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It was reported last night that Adnan Syed, the convicted murderer at the centre of the infamous Serial podcast, was finally being granted a retrial.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a retired Baltimore City Circuit Court handed down an order yesterday afternoon, vacating the murder conviction.

Judge Martin Welch wrote in his opinion that Syed's trial attorney "rendered ineffective assistance when she failed to cross-examine the state's expert regarding the reliability of cell tower location evidence."

Today on Newstalk Breakfast, Syed's friend and attorney Rabia Choudrey, spoke about how she believes the State does not have enough evidence to try him again, and she strongly believes he could be released from prison before Christmas.

Previously on Serial... 

Here's a run-down of everything that has happened involving the case of Syed and everything that has happened since the first season aired.

October 3rd 2014: The first episode of Serial Season One was released, and presenter Sarah Koenig began to tell us the tale of Adnan Sayed, the man arrested and imprisoned for the murder of Hae Min Lee. On January 13th 1999, Lee went missing and her corpse was then discovered on February 9th.

February 28th 1999: Syed - Lee's ex-boyfriend - was arrested for her murder, and after a first trial ended in a mistrial, a second trial resulted in Syed's conviction and a life-sentence, despite Syed pleading innocent throughout.

After twelve episodes of the Serial first season aired, culminating on December 18th 2014, the case of Lee's murder was no closer to being any clearer, but the circumstances around Syed's conviction were made much, much murkier.

December 19th 2014: Deirdre Enright of the Innocence Project Clinic of the University Of Virginia Law School announces that they have potentially discovered another suspect and request DNA testing, but are waiting to hear back from the Maryland law offices if they can pursue the DNA testing while Syed's case is still pending for an appeal. Enright discusses the case and the Serial series at length below:

February 7th 2015: A Maryland court of Special Appeals filed a decision allowing Syed to appeal his conviction on the grounds that his attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, had provided ineffective counsel for failing to seek a plea bargain during his trial. The court also declared that a new panel of judges would look into the acceptance of a new alibi provided by Asia McClain, who also gave evidence during the first trial that was subsequently ignored by Gutierrez.

April 13th 2015: The first episode of a new, spin-off podcast series was aired. Undisclosed: The State VS Adnan Syed was produced by the legal team supporting Syed's case. You can listen to the first episode below, and you can find all of the other episodes right here.

October 16th 2015: One of the key witnesses for the state's case against Syed - cell phone expert Abraham Waranowitz - announced that the information he provided in the case may have been unreliable, as he was initially provided with unfinished documentation from which to base his conclusions.

November 6th 2015: Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Martin Welch ordered that Syed's case will be re-opened, and an investigation into his post-conviction proceedings would be "in the interests of justice for all parties."

February 3rd 2016: The hearing for the retrial took place over three days, with Sarah Koenig in attendance and reporting back three short podcasts on the events of the hearing. They can be found on the Season One page of the Serial website, below the links to the twelve previous episodes.

June 30th 2016: Adnan Syed was granted a retrial, with a date yet to be set, with the official Serial twitter account and Syed's lawyer Choudrey taking to Twitter to celebrate the announcement.