Baltimore Judge Clears “Serial” Podcast Topic Adnan Syed’s Murder Conviction


A Baltimore judge on Monday upheld the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the popular podcast “Serial” who had spent more than 23 years in prison for the death of his ex-girlfriend. Baltimore City Circuit judge Melissa Phinn ordered Syed to be released from prison while prosecutors decide whether to try him again.

The decision comes after prosecutors filed a motion on Wednesday asking for the conviction to be revoked, alleging evidence that two other suspects may have been responsible for the 1999 murder of 17-year-old Hae Min Lee. .

In February 2000, Syed was convicted of first degree murder, kidnapping, theft and false imprisonment and was sentenced to life plus 30 years.

Prior to Lee’s disappearance on January 13, 1999, she and Syed were students at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland. Lee’s body was found buried weeks after she disappeared in a Baltimore park, and an autopsy later found she had died of manual strangulation.

This is a story in development. It will be updated.

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