Maryland judge weighs vacating murder conviction on podcast topic “Serial” Syed By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Convicted murderer Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Court in Baltimore, Maryland February 5, 2016. The Maryland man convicted of murder in 2000 has been brought for questioning by the popular podcast. “Serial” was in court to contest him.

(Reuters) – A judge will weigh Monday’s request by Baltimore prosecutors to drop the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, who gained national attention when the “Serial” podcast reported cast doubt on his guilt.

Adnan Syed, 42, has always said he was innocent and did not kill his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, 18, when she was strangled and buried in a Baltimore park in 1999.

State attorneys general for Baltimore filed a motion for expungement on Wednesday following a year-long investigation conducted with a public defender representing Syed.

Prosecutors wrote that they did not assert that Syed was innocent but that they no longer had confidence in the “integrity of the verdict,” and that justice demanded that Syed at least get a new trial. Syed should be released from prison, where he spent two decades, while prosecutors complete their investigation and decide whether to seek a new trial.

Prosecutors told Judge Melissa M. Phinn of Circuit Court in Baltimore that they had found new information about two alternate suspects, who they have not named. They also found new information that cast doubt on cell phone data that prosecutors relied on during the trial to place Syed at the murder scene.

The podcast “Serial,” produced by Chicago-based public radio station WBEZ, drew national attention to the incident in 2014.

Marilyn Mosby, the attorney for the state of Baltimore, in a statement said her office had spoken to the Lee family and that “the person responsible for this horrible crime must be held accountable.”

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