Nearly a year after the first episodes of the smash hit podcast Serial first aired, an attorney for the man at the center of the case says there’s new evidence to overturn Adnan Syed’s 2000 conviction.
That new evidence hinges on cell phone location data. Listeners to the podcast may remember in-depth discussions of cell towers, pinging, and cellular technology; the upshot, however, was that calls made from Syed’s phone seemed to place him near Leakin Park on the night his high school ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee went missing. (Her body was later found in the park.)
But according to the new filings, the data from AT&T should not have been admissible, Syed’s lawyer argues. The cellular carrier even included a warning when it faxed the cell tower info over to police: “Outgoing calls only are reliable for location status. Any incoming calls will NOT be considered reliable information for location.”
Syed has been granted an appeal hearing to determine whether or not he deserves a new trial.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Maryland attorney general’s office declined to comment.