A US judge has overturned a life sentence for a notorious murder after more than 20 years. Adnan Syed, 41, was convicted in 2000 of the murder of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend. His case gained worldwide fame through podcasts a series.
A Baltimore judge ordered his release after prosecutors found two new suspects after a year-long investigation and said they were no longer convinced of Syd’s crime and the evidence at the original trial. He was placed under house arrest pending a possible new trial. The judge gave the plaintiffs 30 days to start a new case. If not, he would be a free master forever.
Syed was a 17-year-old high school student when he was arrested in 1999 for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and former classmate. According to prosecutors, he was jealous when his ex-wife got a new boyfriend. That’s why he was going to kill her. Syd has always said he is innocent of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, who was found strangled and buried in a Baltimore park. The victim’s brother said during the hearing that he felt betrayed by the Public Prosecution’s decision.
Sid has been trying to get a new experience for some time. He was also nearly released in 2018, after a Supreme Court ruled that his now-deceased lawyer had not adequately defended him. Then the Maryland Supreme Court blocked his release.
In the first season of the podcast a series, broadcast in 2014, a team led by journalist Sarah Koenig looked in detail at the flawed burden of proof and potential errors made by Syed’s lawyers at trial. The podcast, in which he spoke, made Syed a well-known American and led, among other things, to a four-part documentary on HBO in 2019.
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