It’s been eight years since the podcast Serial brought the story of Adnan Syed and his murdered girlfriend Hae Min Lee into the public consciousness.
It has been a little over three years since The Case Against Adnan Syed aired on HBO and tried its best to make the case that Syed, 17 years-old at the time of the murder, was wrongfully convicted for that crime.
Now, after 23 years behind bars, Adnan Syed, 41, has been ordered by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn to be released from prison after overturning his 2000 murder conviction.
According to the Associated Press, Phinn ruled that the state violated its legal obligation to share evidence that could have been useful in Adnan Syed’s defense.
Phinn made her ruling after assistant state’s attorney Becky Feldman presented evidence of alternative suspects, flawed cellphone data, unreliable witness testimony and a potentially biased detective, the AP reports.
Adnan Syed has been released, but still may face another trial
Syed may still have to face trial, however, as State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she is awaiting the results of DNA analysis which will either mean seeking a new trial against Syed or throwing out the case and certifying his innocence. Prosecutors have 30 days to decide which way they will go.
The New York Times reported that Young Lee, the brother of the murder victim, said he felt “betrayed” and “blindsided” by the motion to vacate Syed’s conviction.
“Whenever I think it’s over, and it’s ended, it always comes back,” Lee said, adding, “It’s killing me and killing my mother.”
In 2018, an appeals court vacated Adnan Syed’s conviction on the grounds of ineffective legal counsel. In 2019, Maryland’s Court of Appeals reversed that ruling.
Many people who have been following Syed’s case on the internet reacted strongly to his convection being overturned and his being set free.
Numerous people congratulated the host and producer of the Serial podcast.
— Dr Marjorie Quintain (@UN_CTD) September 19, 2022
But not everyone.
Hopefully he's re-tried, because dude almost certainly did it.
— Patrick Wight (@PatrickWight1) September 19, 2022
Unbelievable. A murderer walks free because Sarah Koenig breathed-life in to whacky conspiracy while ignoring the mountains of evidence that points directly at the culprit, Adnan.
— RJS (@SternShark) September 19, 2022
Several others now wondered who, if not Syed, actually murdered Hae Min Lee.
So if Adnan didn't do it, then who really did? Jay? Don?
— Pringles ⁷ ⟭⟬ (@AngelicGamer19) September 19, 2022
The news said that there were 2 other suspects that they never told anyone about. Including one who failed a polygraph. 1 who threatened to kill her. Also her car was found close ones house who was arrested for attaching another who after her death. Not guilty for sure
— Justine ward (@stine215) September 20, 2022
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