In a Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)
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Retired Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch ruled Thursday that Adnan Syed deserved a new trial because his lawyer didn't challenge expert testimony in the case that became the focus of the podcast, which captivated millions of listeners worldwide.Brown said earning a new trial in Baltimore is "very difficult".During the extensive hearing, defense attorneys and prosecutors called witnesses and vigorously cross-examined others.Brown also called witnesses to testify that cell tower data – an important piece of the state's case against Syed – should have never been presented to jurors without an instruction sheet warning that any incoming call data is inconclusive.Brown showed the judge an affidavit from the radio frequency technician who testified at Syed's trial for the prosecution that said his testimony would have been different had he seen the instruction sheet prior to taking the stand. This was the issue that persuaded Welch to grant Syed a new trial.
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