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Case at the center of ‘Serial’ podcast won’t be retried, Supreme Court rules

The 2014 podcast “Serial” shined a spotlight on the case that led to renewed court proceedings.

Adnan Syed enters a Courthouse.
In a Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing.
AP

The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a Maryland man who wants a new trial based on information uncovered by the hit podcast “Serial.”

The justices on Monday left in place a Maryland court ruling that denied a new trial to Adnan Syed, who was convicted of strangling a high school classmate he had once dated.

Syed is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2000 of killing 17-year-old Hae Min Lee and burying her body in a Baltimore park.

Syed’s lawyers had argued that his trial lawyer’s failure to investigate an alibi witness violated his right to competent legal representation.

In its debut 2014 season, the “Serial” podcast shined a spotlight on the case that led to renewed court proceedings.