BALTIMORE — A hearing was set for Monday in Baltimore to consider a request by prosecutors to overturn the 2000 murder conviction of Adnan Syed, whose case was featured on the hit “Serial” podcast.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn scheduled the hearing for 2 p.m., the Baltimore Sun reported.
The development comes after Baltimore prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday saying a lengthy investigation with the defense uncovered new evidence that could undermine Syed’s conviction.
Syed served more than 20 years in prison for strangling his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, who was 18 when she was killed in 1999. Her body was found buried in a Baltimore park.
Syed, 42, has maintained his innocence for decades and caught the attention of millions in 2014 when the first season of the ‘Serial’ podcast focused on the case and raised doubts about some of the evidence. , including cell tower data.
Prosecutors said in their motion that they were not asserting Syed was innocent, but that they lacked confidence ‘in the integrity of the conviction’ and recommended that he be released on his own recognizance or on bail .
“We believe that keeping Mr. Syed detained while we continue to investigate the case with all that we know now, when we have no confidence in the results of the first trial, would be unfair,” the prosecutor said. Marilyn Mosby.
According to a motion filed in the case, Maryland law says prosecutors generally have 30 days after a conviction is overturned to decide whether to drop the charges or try the case again, the Sun reported.