Maryland’s top court to hear arguments in “Serial” case

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s highest court is set to hear arguments in the high-profile case of a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in a hit podcast.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Thursday will hear oral arguments in Adnan Syed’s case. He was convicted in 2000 of strangling his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in a Baltimore park. He’s serving a life sentence.

But a judge vacated his conviction two years ago and a court ordered a new trial after concluding that his trial lawyer was ineffective. The state appealed. Earlier this year, the special appeals court upheld the lower court’s ruling. The state appealed that decision, too.

Now, Maryland’s top court is reviewing a decision to potentially reinstate Syed’s conviction.

Syed’s case was at the center of the “Serial” podcast’s first season. Its 2014 debut shattered podcast-streaming and downloading records.

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