The Latest: Arguments in podcast case focus on alibi witness

Published 11-29-2018

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Latest on appeals court hearing in high-profile case of Maryland man whose murder conviction chronicled in the "Serial" podcast (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

A state prosecutor has acknowledged that the late trial lawyer for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in a hit podcast did not contact a key alibi witness.

But prosecutor Thiru Vignarajah asserts that the original attorney for Adnan Syed understood the "gist" of what that witness might have said. The attorney in question, Cristina Gutierrez, has since died.

A lower court ordered a retrial for Syed on grounds that Gutierrez didn't contact Asia McClain Chapman, an alibi witness who said she saw Syed at a library about the same time prosecutors say his high school sweetheart was killed in 1999.

Seven judges with Maryland's highest court have started hearing arguments in Syed's case. His murder conviction was chronicled in the hit "Serial" podcast. Syed was convicted in 2000 and has been serving a life sentence ever since.

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12:01 a.m.

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

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12:01 a.m.

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.

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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