Adnan Syed case: Prosecutors seek new trial over ‘Serial’ podcast issue

A state attorney’s affidavit refers to newly discovered evidence.

“After a nearly year-long investigation into the facts of this case, Syed deserves a new trial where he is properly represented and the final evidence can be presented,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Syed is serving a life sentence after being convicted of first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment in the February 2000 killing of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. He has been appealing his convictions for years.

“As court officials, we are obligated to have confidence in the integrity of the convictions and to do our part to correct that standard when it is complete,” Mosby said. “We have spoken with Ms. Hae Min Lee’s family and (they) fully understand that whoever is responsible for this heinous crime must be held accountable.”

Reinvestigation revealed “evidence of the involvement of two alternative suspects other than Syed,” the memo said.

“Both suspects may be involved individually or together,” the statement said.

Adnan and Lee were seniors at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County when they disappeared in January 1999. His strangled body was found three weeks later in a forest in the city.

Mosby said prosecutors “are not asserting at this point that Mr. Syed is innocent,” but that the state “doesn’t have full confidence” and that Syed should get a new trial.

Syed maintains his innocence and has been appealing his convictions for years.

Syed and prosecutors filed a joint motion for post-conviction DNA testing in March, saying that since the crime more than two decades ago, “DNA testing has changed and improved dramatically.”

Mosby said the motion to vacate the conviction was filed with Becky Feldman, head of the Sentencing Review Unit. Syed was a minor when he was tried.