‘Serial’ case: Charges against Adnan Syed dropped



Prosecutors dropped costs 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 spokeswoman for town of Baltimore’s state’s legal professional’s workplace, stated in an e mail that her workplace had dropped its case against Syed and would launch additional particulars about its determination later Tuesday.

Laura Nirider, a co-director of the Center 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 most recent 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 through 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 defence. After his launch, Syed was positioned on house detention with GPS location monitoring.

Lee’s household had requested Maryland’s intermediate appellate court docket to halt the case. Attorney Steve Kelly stated Lee’s household just isn’t difficult Syed’s launch, however as a substitute wished the choose to carry one other listening to that the household can attend in-person and deal with the court docket — Lee’s brother Young Lee appeared by way of videoconference on quick discover throughout the earlier listening to. The legal professional didn’t have a right away remark Tuesday.

Last week, state Attorney General Brian Frosh’s workplace filed court docket 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 a number of the proof, together with cellphone tower knowledge.

Prosecutors have beforehand stated {that a} reinvestigation of the case revealed proof relating to 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,” based on a court docket submitting.

The suspects have been recognized individuals on the time of the unique investigation and weren’t correctly dominated out nor disclosed to the defence, 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 unreliable cellphone knowledge used throughout Syed’s court docket case to corroborate his whereabouts on the day of the crime. The discover on the information particularly suggested that the billing areas for incoming calls “wouldn’t be thought-about dependable data 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 information.


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