A judge has reopened the murder case that was the initial subject of “Serial,” the phenomenally popular podcast optioned by Fox 21 Television Studios and writer-producer-directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord to be developed as a cable series. Co-created by This American Life‘s Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, the podcast drew millions of listeners as it followed the case of Adnan Syed who was convicted in the death of his former high school sweetheart Hae Min Lee and sentenced to life in prison. He was 17 at the time of her death and is now 35.
The judge on Friday ruled that Syed should be allowed to introduce testimony of a witness who might establish an alibi and evidence that calls into question the reliability of cellphone tower data used to convict Syed. The second season of the series reportedly will focus on the case of Sgt. Beau Bergdahl, the American imprisoned by the Taliban for five years before being freed in a controversial prisoner exchange.