Adnan Syed from 'Serial' wins new hearing

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Adnan Syed Gets Case Re-Opened

Adnan Syed, the man whose murder conviction became a national story after being featured on the podcast Serial, is officially getting another chance.

A Baltimore judge reopened Syed's case on Friday, and his lawyers will be able to present new evidence about his whereabouts on the day of the 1999 disappearance of his high school classmate Hae Min Lee, who was later found murdered.

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Syed was tried for Lee's murder and found guilty in a case that included data from cell towers that claimed to show his cellphone had been near the location where Lee's body was found. He is currently serving a life sentence in prison and is now 35.

The reliability of the cell tower information — as well as the lack of investigation around a possible alibi from another person who said she may have seen Syed on the day the crime allegedly took place — had been considered key pieces of evidence that could offer Syed a new chance at getting out of jail.

Officially, the judge's order allows Syed's legal team to reopen what's known as "post-conviction proceedings," not a full new trial. Only the new evidence about the cell towers and the potential alibi witness will be heard, the order says.

One of Syed's lawyers announced the news on Twitter.

Friday's ruling is just the most recent in a series of steps that has provided Syed with a slim chance of going free. In January, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals agreed to consider Syed's complaint. In February, the court agreed to hear an appeal, then sent the case down to circuit court.

Now, Syed's legal team will have the chance to present evidence in court that had not been previously heard.

Rabia Chaudry, a lawyer and friend that has also advocated for Syed's release, highlighted the importance of the ruling.

Read the judge's order:

Order Granting Motion to Reopen for Adnan Syed

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Officials escort 'Serial' podcast subject Adnan Syed from the courthouse following the completion of the first day of hearings for a retrial in Baltimore on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
FILE -In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, Prison artwork created by Adnan Syed sits near family photos in the home of his mother, Shamim Syed, in Baltimore. Syed, the subject of the popular podcast “Serial” will be allowed to appeal his murder conviction, a Maryland court has ruled. Adnan Syed, 34, was convicted in 2000 of strangling his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, the year prior, when both were high school students in suburban Baltimore. “Serial” examined the case in detail and raised questions about Syed’s guilt and whether he received a fair trial. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Shamim Syed, whose son Adnan was convicted for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend and whose case is being revived in a wildly popular podcast, poses for a photograph in her home, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Baltimore. A Maryland appeals court recently showed interest in the case and will hold a hearing in January weighing arguments that the man had ineffective counsel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Shamim Syed, left, whose son Adnan was convicted for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend and whose case is being revived in a wildly popular podcast, poses for a photograph alongside her son Yusef in her home, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Baltimore. A Maryland appeals court recently showed interest in the case and will hold a hearing in January weighing arguments that the man had ineffective counsel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Childhood artwork created by Adnan Syed sits on a table as his brother, Yusef, sifts through family mementos, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Baltimore. Adnan Syed was convicted for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, and his case is being revived in a wildly popular podcast with millions of weekly listeners. A Maryland appeals court recently showed interest in the case and will hold a hearing in January weighing arguments that the man had ineffective counsel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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BOSTON - MARCH 29: Sarah Koenig, producer and host of the podcast Serial speaks at Boston University's 'Power of Narrative' conference in Boston Massachusetts March 29, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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