© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Convicted assassin Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore Metropolis Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland February 5, 2016. The Maryland man whose 2000 homicide conviction was thrown into query by the favored “Serial” podcast was in court docket to argue he
(Reuters) – A choose is because of weigh a request on Monday by Baltimore prosecutors to vacate the homicide conviction of Adnan Syed, whose case gained nationwide consideration when the podcast “Serial” raised doubts about his guilt.
Adnan Syed, 42, has all the time stated he was harmless and didn’t kill his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, who was 18 when she was strangled and buried in a Baltimore park in 1999.
The state’s legal professional for Baltimore filed a movement to vacate the conviction on Wednesday following a year-long investigation carried out alongside a public defender representing Syed.
Prosecutors wrote that they weren’t asserting that Syed is harmless however that they not had confidence in “the integrity of the conviction,” and that justice required that Syed no less than be afforded a brand new trial. Syed must be launched from jail, the place he has spent twenty years, whereas prosecutors full the investigation and resolve whether or not to hunt a brand new trial.
Prosecutors advised Decide Melissa M. Phinn of the Circuit Courtroom in Baltimore that that they had discovered new details about two different suspects, whom they haven’t named. Additionally they discovered new info that forged doubt on the cellphone knowledge prosecutors relied upon at trial to position Syed on the scene of the homicide.
The podcast “Serial,” produced by Chicago public radio station WBEZ, drew nationwide consideration to the case in 2014.
Marilyn Mosby, the state’s legal professional for Baltimore, in a press release stated her workplace had spoken with Lee’s household and that “the particular person answerable for this heinous crime should be held accountable.”