“Serial” Adnan Syed: Prosecutors drop charges against man accused of killing Hae Min Lee, lawyer says

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against Adnan Syed in the 1999 killing of Hae Min Lee, a case chronicled on the first season of hit podcast Serial, according to a lawyer connected to Syed’s case .

Laura Nirider, a co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, who accompanied Syed when he was released from prison last month, tweeted: “Breaking news: Results from the latest round of DNA testing have been released scored to match those of previous rounds of testing, except for Adnan Syed, who has now been formally exonerated!”

Erica Suter, an attorney who represented Syed in court during his release attempt, confirmed the news to The Baltimore Sun.

Prosecutors did not immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment.

A Baltimore judge last month vacated Syed’s murder conviction and ordered his release from the prison where the 41-year-old had served more than two decades. District Judge Melissa Phinn also gave prosecutors 30 days to decide whether to retry Syed or drop the charges.

Phinn ruled that the state had violated its legal obligation to share evidence that could have strengthened Syed’s defense. After his release, Syed was placed under house arrest with GPS tracking.

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Syed has maintained his innocence for decades, drawing the attention of millions in 2014 when the first season of “Serial” focused on the case and cast doubt on some of the evidence, including cell tower data.

Prosecutors have previously said that a re-examination of the case has revealed evidence of the possible involvement of two alternative suspects. The two suspects could have been involved individually or together, prosecutors said.

One of the suspects had threatened Lee, saying “he would make her (Ms. Lee) go away. He would kill her,” a court document said.

The suspects were known people at the time of the original investigation and were not properly disqualified or disclosed to the defense, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors also said new information revealed that one of the suspects was convicted of assaulting a woman in her vehicle and that one of the suspects was convicted of serial rape and sexual assault.

Prosecutors also uncovered unreliable cellphone data that was used during Syed’s trial to confirm his whereabouts on the day of the crime. The note on the recordings specifically stated that the billing locations for incoming calls “would not be considered reliable location information”.

Syed served more than 20 years in prison for strangling Lee, who was 18 at the time. Her body was found weeks later buried in a park in Baltimore.

More than a decade later, the popular “Serial” podcast uncovered little-known evidence and attracted millions of listeners, shattering podcast streaming and download records.

The video in the player above is from a previous report.

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