Adnan Syed, subject of the initial season of wildly popular podcast Serial, premiered from prison on Monday after having his 1999 conviction for the murder of his former girlfriend was overturned. Syed, 41, have been serving a life sentence and long maintained he was innocent of the crime.
Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn said Syed’s conviction for the murder of Hae Min Lee was flawed, in accordance with a written report from NBC Newson Monday.
Prosecutors didn’t properly start evidence which could have allowed for “substantial and significant probability that the effect could have been different,” Phinn said.
In Phinn’s ruling, in accordance with NBC News, the judge vacated the murder, kidnapping, robbery and false imprisonment convictions against Syed, and the judge ordered him released without bail. The other day, prosecutors asked the conviction be vacated and for a fresh trial to be set.
Syed’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Erica Suter, who’s also director of the Innocence Project, didn’t immediately react to a obtain comment. The Innocence Project at the University of Baltimore School of Law is really a nonprofit organization focused on freeing people it believes have already been wrongfully convicted.
Syed was flung into national prominence when he became the main topic of the initial season of Serial in 2014. The podcast unearthed the case, followed key details and called into question the case prosecutors made against him. The podcast was downloaded over 100 million times and won a Peabody Award. In addition, it resulted in a 2019 four-part documentary series on HBO titled The Case Against Adnan Syed.
Following remarkable turn of events, the Serial Twitter account announced a new episode would publish Tuesday, after host Sarah Koenig attended court Monday to start to see the conviction overturned.