Syed was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing of his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and burying her in a park. He has been behind bars for 16 years.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch ruled Thursday that Syed’s attorney failed to cross-examine a cell-tower expert about the reliability of data that placed Syed’s cellphone near the burial site and therefore deserved a new trial, the Associated Press reports.
The Serial podcast focused on Syed’s case, revealing little-known evidence and raising questions about his guilt, attracting millions of listeners in the process. Spinoff podcast Undisclosed uncovered a fax cover sheet regarding the reliability of cell-phone tower evidence that Welch said persuaded him to vacate Syed’s murder conviction and order a new trial.