Court denies new trial in 'Serial' podcast murder case

  • In an opinion Friday, the Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that Adnan Syed's legal counsel was deficient in failing to investigate an alibi witness.
  • But it disagreed that the deficiency prejudiced the case. The court says Syed waived his ineffective counsel claim.
Officials escort 'Serial' podcast subject Adnan Syed from the courthouse on Feb. 3, 2016, following the completion of the first day of hearings for a retrial in Baltimore.
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Officials escort 'Serial' podcast subject Adnan Syed from the courthouse on Feb. 3, 2016, following the completion of the first day of hearings for a retrial in Baltimore.

Maryland's highest court has denied a new trial for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast "Serial."

In an opinion Friday, the Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that Adnan Syed's legal counsel was deficient in failing to investigate an alibi witness, but it disagreed that the deficiency prejudiced the case. The court says Syed waived his ineffective counsel claim.

The court reversed the Court of Special Appeals' judgment, sending it back to that court with directions to reverse the Baltimore Circuit Court judgment granting a new trial.

Syed is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2000 of strangling his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in a Baltimore park.

Syed's case was at the center of the "Serial" podcast's first season.