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Adnan Syed, of 'Serial,' returns to court Wednesday

Adnan Syed, of 'Serial,' returns to court Wednesday

Sixteen years after he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, and one year after his case was re-examined through the wildly popular podcast "Serial," Adnan Syed will return to court Wednesday for his latest attempt to get a new trial.

Syed, 35, whose last request for a new trial was denied in 2012 in a sparsely attended hearing, now will appear in what is expected to be a packed downtown Baltimore courtroom with family members, supporters and representatives from more than 40 local and national media outlets.

Syed's attorney, C. Justin Brown, will ask retired Circuit Judge Martin P. Welch for a retrial, presenting an alibi witness and...