Sarah Koenig's popular podcast Serial might have wrapped up at the end of last year, but the story it followed is still going on in real life. Adnan Syed, the subject of the podcast -- who was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison 15 years ago -- has just been granted an appeal.
For those not familiar with the real-life story of Serial, Syed, now 33, was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, an 18-year-old high school student who was found dead a month after she went missing in January of 1999. Syed was arrested for murder shortly after Lee's body was found, but "Serial" poked some major holes in the case that led to his sentence.
Now, the podcast may have caused some major consequences: Syed, who has always maintained his innocence, could actually have a chance at getting out of prison.
The Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland Court of Special Appeals approved Syed's application for leave to appeal on Friday (February 6). The application claims that his original attorney did not effectively defend him in court. No eyewitnesses or physical evidence ever connected Syed to the murder.
Syed first tried to appeal a few years ago, but was denied by the Baltimore Circuit Court. His current appeal is scheduled to be heard in June.