Adnan Syed, the subject of the wildly popular podcast "Serial," will have his day in court again.
Lawyer Justin Brown, who is defending the man now serving a life sentence following his ex-girlfriend's murder, announced Friday that "Syed's motion to re-open post-conviction proceedings" had been granted.
A date has not yet been set for a hearing.
Syed’s Motion to Re-Open GRANTED https://t.co/plbKFn2Anp— Justin Brown (@CJBrownLaw) November 6, 2015
This means lawyers will finally be able to submit new evidence to the court, pertaining to Syed's first-degree murder conviction in the 1999 death of Hae Min Lee.
Lawyers are expected to present evidence of a possible alibi, Asia McClain, who said she was at a library with Syed around the time that Lee was killed. McClain was never interviewed by Syed's first lawyer, who was later disbarred, and has since died.
An issue relating to cell tower information, which "Serial" listeners are all too familiar with, will also form part of the hearings.
Brown will argue that Syed's whereabouts, which were determined using cell phone data mapping and presented as evidence in his trial, were not as they were described in court.
Rabia Chaudry, Syed's longtime friend and a lawyer herself, who has been fighting for his release, was overcome with emotion over the news.
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!# https://t.co/4PDdIfvftB— rabia chaudry (@rabiasquared) November 6, 2015
So I been crying for past hour at NC airport, now boarded plane with puffy eyes and drippy nose. Ppl thinking "see something, say something"— rabia chaudry (@rabiasquared) November 6, 2015
She also tweeted that Syed is not yet aware of the latest breakthrough in his case.
Adnan doesn't know yet but he'll find out when he either calls one of us tonight or he'll see it on the news! #freeAdnan— rabia chaudry (@rabiasquared) November 6, 2015
Brown shared Judge Martin P. Welch's order to allow submission of new evidence on his website.
"...this court concludes that, in its own discretion, reopening the post-conviction proceedings would be in the interests of justice for all parties," reads the document.
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