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Adnan Syed, Prosecutors have confirmed they will not press charges against Adnan Syed, jailed for 23 years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed’s conviction was overturned last month.
Prosecutors dropped charges against Adnan Syed after a murder conviction was overturned last month.
Syed spent more than 23 years in jail for the murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999 but always maintained his innocence. The dropped charges were confirmed on Tuesday, October 11.
The decision confirms that Syed will now live as a free man, as after his conviction was overturned in September, prosecutors had only 30 days to charge him again or let him walk.
Adnan Syed is 41 years old.
Charges Dropped after 23 Years Behind Bars
Hae Min Lee’s death sparked a tidal wave of controversy and an episode of the popular podcast Serial.
The podcast raised serious questions about the evidence used during the trial in 2000, in which Syed was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.
Journalist Sarah Koenig investigated the story on the podcast and produced a follow-up episode about Syed’s release.
She said: “Adnan’s case contains just about every chronic problem our system can cough up: police using questionable interview methods, prosecutors withholding crucial evidence from the defense, science a bit addicted, extreme prison sentences, minors treated like adults, how terribly difficult it is to take your case back to court once you’ve been convicted.
Baltimore City Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn overturned the conviction “in the interests of justice” in September. She didn’t say Syed was innocent.
The conviction was overturned after it was determined that prosecutors at the original trial failed to properly provide Syed’s defense team with information that could have helped them point fingers at another suspect.
They admitted that “the State no longer has confidence in the integrity of the conviction.”
The vindicated Syed will no longer be under house arrest as authorities search for the person who murdered his ex-girlfriend.
Last month, two more suspects were confirmed to be in the frame. Police are believed to have known the couple in 1999.
Of the suspects, Koenig said both have criminal convictions and some for sexual assault.
The two names were found in handwritten notes in the original case file by prosecutors earlier this year.
One of the suspects believes she has a motive, and a witness said he heard one say she would “make her disappear.”