WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Maryland manâ€™s bid for a new trial based on information uncovered by the hit podcast â€œSerial.â€
The justices did not comment in leaving in place a 4-3 ruling by Marylandâ€™s highest court that denied a new trial to Adnan Syed, who was convicted of strangling a high school classmate he had once dated.
Syed is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2000 of killing 17-year-old Hae Min Lee and burying her body in a Baltimore park.
Syedâ€™s lawyers had argued that his trial lawyerâ€™s failure to investigate an alibi witness violated his right to competent legal representation.
In its debut 2014 season, the “Serial” podcast shined a spotlight on the case that led to renewed court proceedings.
Two Maryland courts found that Syed deserved a new trial. His lawyer during his first trial, Cristina Gutierrez, failed to contact a woman who said she saw Syed at a library at the time prosecutors say he strangled his ex-girlfriend in 1999. Gutierrez has since died.
But in 2018, the Maryland Court of Appeals denied Syed a new trial, even though it agreed his trial lawyerâ€™s work was lacking. The state high court said there was little chance the outcome would have been different if Gutierrez had done what she should have.