Prosecutors drop charges against Adnan Syed, subject of Serial podcast


Prosecutors dropped charges against Adnan Syed on Tuesday within the 1999 killing of Hae Min Lee, a case that was chronicled within the first season of the hit podcast Serial.

Emily Witty, a spokesperson for town of Baltimore’s state’s lawyer’s workplace, mentioned in an electronic mail that her workplace had dropped its case against Syed and would launch additional particulars about its resolution later Tuesday.

Laura Nirider, a co-director of the Centre on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law who accompanied Syed when he walked out of jail final month, earlier tweeted: “Breaking information: After the newest spherical of DNA testing generated outcomes that, like earlier rounds of testing, excluded Adnan Syed, he has now been formally exonerated!”

A Baltimore choose final month overturned Syed’s assassination conviction and ordered him launched from jail, the place the 41-year-old had spent greater than 20 years. Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn additionally gave prosecutors 30 days wherein to determine whether or not to retry Syed or drop the charges.

Phinn dominated that the state had violated its authorized obligation to share proof that might have bolstered Syed’s defence. After his launch, Syed was positioned on residence detention with GPS location monitoring.

Lee’s household had requested Maryland’s intermediate appellate courtroom to halt the case. Attorney Steve Kelly mentioned Lee’s household just isn’t difficult Syed’s launch, however as an alternative needed the choose to carry one other listening to that the household can attend in individual and deal with the courtroom. Lee’s brother, Young Lee, appeared by way of video convention on brief discover in the course of the earlier listening to. The lawyer didn’t have a right away remark Tuesday.

Last week, state Attorney General Brian Frosh’s workplace filed courtroom papers supporting the enchantment by Lee’s household.

Syed has maintained his innocence for many years and captured the eye of thousands and thousands in 2014 when the debut season of Serial centered on the case and raised doubts about some of the proof, together with cellphone tower information.

Reinvestigation reveals alternate suspects

Prosecutors have beforehand mentioned {that a} reinvestigation of the case revealed proof relating to the potential involvement of two alternate suspects. The two suspects might have been concerned individually or collectively, the state’s lawyer’s workplace mentioned.

One of the suspects had threatened Lee, saying “he would make her (Ms. Lee) disappear. He would kill her,” in keeping with a courtroom submitting.

The suspects have been identified individuals on the time of the unique investigation and weren’t correctly dominated out nor disclosed to the defence, prosecutors mentioned.

Syed enters Courthouse East previous to a listening to on Feb. 3, 2016, in Baltimore. Baltimore prosecutors requested a choose on Sept. 14 to vacate Syed’s conviction. On Tuesday, charges against Syed have been dropped. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun/The Associated Press)

Prosecutors additionally mentioned new info revealed that one of the suspects was convicted of attacking a lady in her automobile, and that one of the suspects was convicted of participating in serial rape and sexual assault.

Prosecutors additionally famous unreliable cellphone information used throughout Syed’s courtroom case to corroborate his whereabouts on the day of the crime. The discover on the data particularly suggested that the billing areas for incoming calls “wouldn’t be thought-about dependable info for location.”

Syed served greater than 20 years in jail for the strangling of Lee, who was 18 on the time. Her physique was discovered weeks later buried in a Baltimore park.

More than a decade later, the favored Serial podcast revealed little-known proof and attracted thousands and thousands of listeners, shattering podcast-streaming and downloading data.


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