Adnan Syed freed after judge overturns murder conviction

Maryland Court of Appeals upholds decision overturning subject's murder conviction
Escort of officials Serial podcast topic Adnan Syed from the courthouse on February 3, 2016, after the end of the first day of hearings for a new trial in Baltimore. | Photo by Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Adnan Syed was released on Monday after more than 20 years in prison for being convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in a case that sparked widespread interest after it was documented on the podcast. Serial. The New York Times reports that Baltimore City Circuit Judge Melissa M. Phinn overturned Adnan Syed’s murder conviction after prosecutors filed papers questioning the trial and the evidence presented.

According to baltimore sunthe judge ordered Syed not to be chained in court and to remain under GPS surveillance pending another trial, while prosecutors have 30 days to determine whether to retry him or drop the charges.

The judge denied a request for a postponement of the ruling from an attorney representing Lee’s family, who said they weren’t given enough notice of the ruling.

The Serial podcast twitter account tweeted that the original host, Sarah Koenig, was in the courtroom today and that a new episode will be released on Tuesday.

According to Sun, prosecutors said the state has known since 1999 of two “alternate suspects” who may be guilty of the crime, which have not been disclosed to its defense and include an unnamed serial rapist who has since been convicted of multiple assaults . Prosecutors also said one of the suspects threatened Lee before her murder, saying they would “make her disappear.”


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