A US court has turned down a request for a new trial in the case of Adnan Syed, which received worldwide attention thanks to the hit podcast Serial.
Syed is serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend 18-year-old Hae Min Lee, whose body was found buried in February 1999 in a shallow grave in the woods of Baltimore, Maryland. She had been strangled.
A lower court had ordered a new trial but that ruling has now been overturned by the highest court in the state of Maryland.
The ruling rejecting a new trial came just two days before the HBO channel airs a four-part documentary called “The Case Against Adnan Syed”.
Syed has steadfastly declared his innocence and the case earned new attention when it was taken up by Serial, a weekly podcast that saw a US journalist revisit the case and cast doubt on his guilt.
The lower Maryland appeal court ordered a retrial of the case a year ago on the grounds that Syed’s lawyer had been ineffective and had failed to contact a potential alibi witness who claimed she saw him in a public library at the time of the murder. The higher court threw out that argument.