Maryland opposes bail request for ‘Serial’ star Adnan Syed

Prison artwork created by Adnan Syed sits near family photos in the home of his mother, Shamim Syed, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Baltimore. Adnan Syed was convicted for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, and his case is being revived in a wildly popular podcast with millions of weekly listeners. A Maryland appeals court recently showed interest in the case and will hold a hearing in January weighing arguments that the man had ineffective counsel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The state is arguing that a man whose murder conviction was the focus of the popular “Serial” podcast shouldn’t be released on bail while awaiting retrial for the slaying of his high school girlfriend.

Media outlets report that the Maryland Attorney General’s office filed a motion that said Adnan Syed remains a convicted murderer with his new trial ruling on hold in appellate courts. The state argues the defense should have sought bail at an earlier procedure.

Syed’s attorneys argue he poses “no danger to the community.”

Syed was convicted in 2000 of strangling 17-year-old Hae Min Lee. The “Serial” podcast brought his case to millions of listeners in 2014. A judge granted a new trial in June.

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