A judge on Monday ordered the release of Adnan Syed, a Baltimore man serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder that he says did not do so after overturning his sentence. His case was chronicled in the popular podcast “Serial”.
Syed, 42, was imprisoned in the house after serving more than 20 years in prison. According to the Baltimore Sun reporter, Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Finn said she overturned her sentence “in the interest of justice.” Lee Sanderlin, Prosecutors have not yet said whether they will seek a new trial or drop charges against him.
Finn decided to commute his sentence following a request from prosecutors last week. Syed was convicted in the murder of his former high school girlfriend, Hee Min Lee, whose body was found buried in a Baltimore park. Prosecutors cited a lack of confidence “in the integrity of the convict” after completing a year-long investigation with Syed’s lawyers.
Prosecutors said they were not claiming that Syed was innocent, but they have uncovered new evidence that potentially links the two suspects already known for Lee’s murder. Evidence about the individuals, who were not identified, was withheld from Syed’s defense attorneys during their trial, according to a motion filed Wednesday by the Baltimore state attorney’s office.
His criminal case caught the attention of millions in 2014, when he became the focus of a hit podcast that raised doubts about the evidence presented against him, including cellphone tower data.
“Serial” podcast host Sarah Koenig was in the courtroom at the time of Syed’s release. A new episode of the program will be released Tuesday morning, podcast announced on Twitter.
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