REDEMPTION

Adnan Syed of ‘Serial’ Appears in Court Seeking Retrial

Adnan Syed, the man whose murder conviction and life sentence came to national attention via the popular podcast Serial, appeared in court Wednesday for a three-day hearing on whether he’ll be granted a retrial. Syed was convicted of killing his girlfriend 16 years ago, and his last request for retrial was denied in 2012, years before a skeptical take on his conviction became the subject of a podcast. Now 35 years old, Syed was spotted entering the courthouse in shackles and prison garb, with a large beard and a skullcap—a much different look from the image of a high-schooler most Serial fans have come to know.