Adnan Syed freed after judge vacates murder conviction

Maryland appeals court upholds decision overturning ‘Serial’ subject Adnan Syed’s murder conviction
Officials escort Serial podcast subject Adnan Syed from the courthouse on Feb. 3rd, 2016, following the completion of the first day of hearings for a retrial in Baltimore.  | Photo by Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun / Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Adnan Syed was set free on Monday after more than 20 years in prison for being convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in a case that spawned intense interest after it was documented in the podcast Serial. The New York Times reports Judge Melissa M. Phinn of Baltimore City Circuit overturned Adnan Syed’s murder conviction after prosecutors filed documents questioning the trial and the evidence presented.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the judge ordered Syed unshackled in court and to remain on GPS monitoring pending another trial, while the prosecutors have 30 days to determine whether to try him again or drop the charges.

The judge rejected a request to postpone the decision from a lawyer representing Lee’s family,…

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Author: Richard Lawler