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Adnan Syed's murder conviction reinstated; Feds offer $20K rewards in search for ex-Maryland official

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland appellate court has reinstated Adnan Syed’s murder conviction and ordered a new hearing in the case, marking the latest development in the protracted legal odyssey chronicled in the podcast “Serial.”

Though Syed’s conviction has been reinstated, he won't immediately be taken back into custody.

In a 2-1 decision released Tuesday, the Appellate Court of Maryland ruled a lower court failed to give sufficient notice to the victim’s family when it scheduled the September hearing that vacated Syed’s conviction and allowed him to regain his freedom after more than two decades behind bars.

Maryland law provides victims with the right to prior notice of such hearings, and the court ruled that right was violated in the case of Hae Min Lee’s brother.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal authorities are offering rewards of up to $20,000 as their search continues for former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s ex-chief of staff who failed to appear for trial on corruption charges two weeks ago.

Roy McGrath was declared a wanted fugitive after his disappearance and on Tuesday the FBI said McGrath is considered an international flight risk.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service are offering $10,000 each for information leading to McGrath’s arrest.

McGrath was indicted in 2021 on federal fraud charges and he's accused of securing a $233,648 severance payment equal to one year's salary as the Maryland Environmental Service's head.

He also faces fraud and embezzlement charges connected to $170,000 in expenses. McGrath has pleaded not guilty.

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