The murder conviction of Adnan Syed, whose case was documented on the popular podcast Serialwas overturned by a Baltimore judge on Monday.
Syed, 41, served 23 years to life in prison after being convicted in 2000 of the 1999 murder of classmate and ex-girlfriend Have Min Lee. Syed has long maintained his innocence, and prosecutors filed a motion last week that a recent investigation with the defense found new evidence that undermined Syed’s conviction.
Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn ordered that Syed’s conviction be quashed. She also approved his release and placed him under house arrest with GPS location monitoring.
The Associated Press reported that Phinn’s decision indicated the state violated its legal obligation to share exculpatory evidence with Syed’s defense.
Syed’s case got a lot of public attention after the podcast’s first season was released. Serial in 2014. The show chronicled Lee’s death and questioned the evidence used by prosecutors that led to Syed’s conviction. HBO also covered the case with the 2019 docuseries The case against Adnan Syed.
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