Court will allow appeal from subject of 'Serial' podcast

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland court will allow the subject of the popular podcast "Serial" to appeal his murder conviction.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals approved Adnan Syed's application for leave of appeal on Friday.

The 34-year-old Syed was convicted in 2000 of strangling his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Both were high school students in suburban Baltimore at the time of her death. "Serial" examined the case in detail and questioned whether Syed was guilty and had received a fair trial.

Syed argues that the attorney who represented him ignored his requests to negotiate a plea deal. He also says she failed to interview a witness who could have provided him with an alibi.

Prosecutors have argued that Syed only started complaining about his trial attorney after he was convicted.