They also said prosecutors in the original case misled jurors about cellphone tower evidence used to place Syed at the location where Lee was buried. And they faulted his lawyers for not cross-examining an expert on the cellphone tower evidence. On that point, the judge agreed and granted a new trial.
The decision comes after a post-conviction hearing in February, which was essentially Syed's last chance to get out of prison. Syed has always maintained his innocence and to this point had exhausted the appeals process.