Adnan SyedHis criminal case has been a constant topic of discussion ever since the Serial podcast sparked renewed interest in his conviction.
Syed was initially charged with first-degree murder in February 1999 after his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee was found dead a month earlier. Over the years, Syed has maintained his innocence despite multiple appeals and attempts to have his conviction overturned.
In 2014, a true crime podcast titled Serial focused on the details of the case and a number of Syed’s loved ones who have continued to fight for his freedom. The episodes made headlines as interest grew in Syed and his legal troubles. Two years after its release, Serial has been downloaded more than 100 million times.
After more than two decades in prison, Syed’s convictions were overturned by a Baltimore County judge in September 2022. The Maryland Supreme Court vacated his convictions of murder, kidnapping, robbery and false imprisonment. Syed was released without bail and placed under house arrest with GPS tracking.
Assistant Public Defender Erika Suter addressed the major milestone in Syed’s case shortly after his release from prison.
“Today my friend and client Adnan Syed is walking loose for the first time in 23 years,” she said in a statement at the time. “In 1999, Adnan was a senior at Woodlawn High School. He had been accepted to college and intended to study medicine. Those dreams ended with Adnan being accused of the brutal murder of his friend and classmate Hae Min Lee.”
Suter claimed prosecutors did not provide Syed with any information that would have enabled him to defend himself. “When prosecutors don’t do their duty, when they don’t disclose evidence as they should, it can result in innocent people like Adnan losing decades of their lives for crimes they didn’t commit,” she added.
Baltimore City Attorney Marilyn Mosby told reporters outside the courtroom that Syed’s release was just an indication that his initial trial was unfair. “We are not yet declaring Adnan Syed’s innocence,” Mosby said via ABC. “We declare that in the interest of fairness and justice he is entitled to a new trial.”
Now an attorney for Lee’s family Steve Kelly revealed his clients were surprised by the overturned conviction.
“We are disappointed that today’s hearing took place so quickly, sadly without notice, and that the court acted as it acted and that the prosecution made the recommendation as they did,” he told reporters. “This family is interested in the pursuit of justice. They want to know who killed Hae Min Lee more than anyone else.”
Lee’s family also released an official statement on the future of the case. “For more than 20 years, the Baltimore City Attorney’s Office has notified Hae Min Lee’s family that their beloved daughter and sister were murdered by Adnan Syed,” the statement said. “A week ago, the family was first informed that the state had uncovered new facts through a year-long investigation that appears to be ongoing and will be seeking a motion to have Mr Syed’s conviction quashed.”
The statement continued, “For more than 20 years, no one has wanted to know the truth about who killed Hae Min Lee more than her family. The Lee family is deeply disappointed that today’s hearing took place so quickly and was denied the proper notice that would have allowed them to have a meaningful voice in the proceeding.”
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