‘Serial’ case: Charges against Adnan Syed dropped



Prosecutors dropped expenses against Adnan Syed on Tuesday within the 1999 killing of Hae Min after extra DNA testing excluded him as a suspect in a case chronicled by the hit podcast “Serial.”

Marilyn Mosby, the state’s legal professional for the town of Baltimore, stated her workplace would proceed to pursue justice for Lee however that it had closed its case against Syed, who spent 23 years in jail for the killing. She stated the choice was made after extra DNA testing excluded Syed as a suspect within the strangulation of Lee, whom Syed had dated.

“This case is over. There are not any extra appeals mandatory,” Mosby stated throughout a information convention.

“Although my administration was not chargeable for neither the ache inflicted upon Hae Min Lee’s household, nor was my administration chargeable for the wrongful conviction of Mr. Syed, as a consultant of the establishment, it’s my accountability to acknowledge and to apologize to the household of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed. . … Justice isn’t denied, however justice be executed. Today, justice is completed,” Mosby stated.

Syed’s legal professional Erica Suter celebrated the information.

“Finally, Adnan Syed is ready to reside as a free man,” Suter stated in an announcement. “The DNA outcomes confirmed what we have now already identified and what underlies all the present proceedings: that Adnan is harmless and misplaced 23 years of his life serving time for against the law he didn’t commit.”

A Baltimore decide 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 by which to determine whether or not to retry Syed or drop the costs.

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

Lee’s household final month requested the Court of Special Appeals, which is Maryland’s intermediate appellate court docket, to halt the case. Attorney Steve Kelly stated Lee’s household was not difficult Syed’s launch, however as an alternative wished the decide to carry one other listening to that the household can attend in-person and tackle the court docket — Lee’s brother Young Lee appeared by way of videoconference on brief discover throughout the earlier listening to.

In an announcement Tuesday, Kelly stated the Lee household discovered about prosecutors’ determination to drop the costs against Syed by way of information accounts.

“The household acquired no discover and their legal professional was provided no alternative to be current on the continuing,” Kelly stated. “By dashing to dismiss the prison expenses, the State’s Attorney’s Office sought to silence Hae Min Lee’s household and to stop the household and the general public from understanding why the State so abruptly modified its place of greater than 20 years. All this household ever wished was solutions and a voice. Today’s actions robbed them of each.”

Mosby stated Tuesday that the household’s enchantment would don’t have any impact on her workplace’s determination to drop the costs against Syed.

Suter, an assistant public defender and the director of the University of Baltimore Law School’s Innocence Project Clinic, burdened that the choice by prosecutors to drop the costs was an essential step for Syed, who has been on home arrest since final month.

“He nonetheless wants a while to course of every thing that has occurred and we ask that you simply present him and his household with that house,” she stated.

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

Prosecutors have beforehand stated {that a} reinvestigation of the case revealed proof concerning the doable involvement of two alternate suspects. The two suspects could have been concerned individually or collectively, the state’s legal professional’s workplace stated.

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

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

Prosecutors additionally stated new data revealed that one of many suspects was convicted of attacking a lady in her car, and that one of many suspects was convicted of partaking in serial rape and sexual assault.

Prosecutors additionally famous that unreliable cellphone information had been used to convict Syed.

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 hundreds of thousands of listeners, shattering podcast-streaming and downloading data.


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