The murder conviction for Adnan Syed should be vacated, the Prosecutors argue
A conviction in the murder of Adnan Syed, whose legal story gained worldwide attention because of the popular podcast “Serial,” was questioned by Baltimore prosecutors on Wednesday.
After spending more than 20 years in jail for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, which he had always claimed he did not do, the development means Syed, currently, 42, might either be released or face a new trial.
Hee Min Lee died after being strangled and was buried in a hidden grave in Baltimore’s Leakin Park.
Authorities had previously thought that Syed and Lee had fought in the vehicle before Syed killed her. He was twice charged with murder. Syed was found convicted in 2000 by a jury of premeditated murder, abduction, robbery, and false imprisonment. The judge gave him a life sentence and a 30-year jail term as part of the sentencing.
Syed appealed many times, but both the trial judges and the appellate courts continually rejected his lawyers’ arguments. Syed was given a second trial by Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals in 2018, but the state’s highest court later overturned the decision. The US supreme court ultimately rejected his offer to review the case in 2019.