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Serial may have ended in December, but the appeals process for Adnan Syed, the man at the center of the popular podcast, continues. A Maryland appeals court is considering whether Syed should be given permission to move forward his bid to overturn his murder conviction, and has asked the state to respond to the application by Wednesday.
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals will decide whether Syed can appeal the denial, by Baltimore’s circuit court, of his request for post-conviction relief, which might allow new evidence to be introduced. The appeals court will decide on his application after it reviews the state’s response, it said on Tuesday.
Syed was convicted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee when the two were in high school. He has spent the last 15 years in prison serving a life sentence. The Serial podcast that explored whether there had been enough evidence to convict Syed had a popular following and even inspired the Innocence Project to take on his case.
Maryland’s appellate courts will rule on whether the judge in Adnan’s bid for post-conviction relief “properly followed the law and legal precedent,” according to a press release. No oral arguments will be heard before the court makes its decision.
Regardless of today’s outcome, Deirdre Enright from the Innocence Project told TIME that she plans to file a motion for DNA testing for never-tested physical evidence in the case. Depending on the results, the DNA evidence could be exculpatory.
Correction: The article originally misstated when the Maryland Court of Special Appeals court was likely to decide on Syed’s application. The court has not issued a timeline for the review process.