Prosecutors have filed a motion to have the murder conviction of 42-year-old Adnan Syed overturned, a case that had already gained international attention after being featured on the Serial podcast.
In a motion filed by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, a nearly year-long investigation with Syed’s defense team uncovered new information that points to other suspects, a statement said. from his office.
The other suspects were known to police at the time of the investigation, but were not properly ruled out, prosecutors said. The investigation, conducted with Syed’s defense team, also revealed that unreliable cellphone tower data was used in the case.
Syed’s case caught the public’s attention after Serial featured the story of the death of Hae Min Lee, Syed’s girlfriend at the time. In 2000, Syed, then 17, was convicted of strangling Lee and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.
Syed has maintained his innocence over the years, with his defense team making multiple attempts to have his case reconsidered. In 2016, Syed’s conviction was overturned and a new trial was reorganized, but that decision was ultimately overturned by the Maryland Court of Appeals in 2019.
Now Syed has a chance for a new trial.
A statement from Mosby’s office read: ‘To be clear, the state is not, at this time, asserting that Mr. Syed is innocent. While the investigation is still ongoing, given all of the circumstances, the state does not have confidence in the integrity of the conviction and is calling for Mr. Syed to be granted a new trial.
The passage of the Juvenile Restoration Act 2021, “which allows those convicted of crimes as juveniles to seek a variation of sentence after serving at least 20 years in prison”, was key to ensuring the new trial of Syed.
Syed was charged as an adult, having been a teenager at the time of Lee’s death. He is currently serving his 20th year in prison since his arrest.