'Serial' In Court: Judge Hears First Day Of Testimony In Adnan Syed's Case For New Trial
February 4, 2016 at 3:59 AM (PT)
The case at the center of the first season of "SERIAL" was back in front of a judge as convicted murderer ADNAN SYED appealed to a judge for a new trial. Attorneys for ADNAN SYED, whose claims of innocence sparked the investigation on the popular podcast, took his case before BALTIMORE Circuit Court WEDNESDAY (2/3) in the first day of a three day hearing to determine whether SYED should be retried on charges he killed former girlfriend HAE MIN LEE in 1999.
The first day included one witness, ASIA MCCLAIN, who said that her testimony that she saw SYED at a public library at the time he was supposed to have committed the murder was prompted by the podcast. She told the court that defense attorneys did not ask her about her observations.
SYED, in shackles, was present in court for the hearing, which focused largely on the competency of SYED's attorney at his original trial, CRISTINA GUTIERREZ, who died in 2004 and whose mental status at the time has been questioned by SYED's defense. "SERIAL" producer/host SARAH KOENIG was also at the hearing, presided over by Judge MARTIN P. WELCH, whose ruling could come as soon as the end of testimony on FRIDAY (2/5).