In the case of Adnan Syedsomeone you may know is the subject of a podcast SerialThe 2014 season took a big turn.
If you need a refresher, a 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with first degree murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999. Law enforcement at the time suspected Adnan of strangling the 18-year-old girl to death and burying her body in a secret grave in Leakin Park. The police hypothesize about the honorary alumnus at Woodlawn High School did not do well and ended up killing her. His first trial in 1999 was a blunder, but in 2000, he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years – a sentence he had served for the past 23 years.
Now prosecutors are saying they no longer have confidence in sentencing. Yes, more than 2 decades later!
Since last Wednesday, Becky Feldman afterward Office of the Chief Counsel of Maryland The Sentencing Review Unit wrote in a petition that more evidence and more suspects should have been pursued:
“Brady’s State violations robbed Defendant of information that would have bolstered his investigation and argued that someone else was responsible for the victim’s death.”
Suggest naming two possible “alternative” suspects. One of them threatened the victim in the past, saying he would kill her. Another has even been described as a “serial rapist”…
Well, if the proof is – then, apparent – why was it not pursued back then? Apparently the state did not release those surrogate suspects to the defense. Adnan’s lawyers can’t argue with what they don’t know! Totally unfair, and quite honestly, despicable. This is supposed to be the justice system we’re talking about. SOCIETY. Not a game of chess for prosecutors.
In a statement last week, Syed’s attorney said he was “grateful” for the court date:
“With the lack of credible evidence regarding Mr Syed, coupled with the growing body of evidence pointing to other suspects, this unjust conviction cannot stand. Mr. Syed is grateful that this news has finally come to light and looks forward to his day in court. “
The Baltimore State Attorney’s Office say they are not sure if he is innocent, but they believe the sentence was not handled properly. And, as of Monday, the Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn overturned his beliefs. He stepped down the steps to cheer and onlookers shouted for his justice.
But that doesn’t mean Syed is completely off the hook, even though his shackles have been removed…
Judge Phinn ordered him to wear a GPS tracker while the BSAO decided whether they would officially drop charges against him over the death of his ex-girlfriend or try him again. They have 30 days to make a decision.
For now, however, Adnan is waiting for their choice while spending time with his family, who cried and hugged him when the judge announced the verdict.
Well, if he was declared innocent, he’d have been in prison since he was 17 for nothing…
We will be sure to update you on this case as it continues to evolve. What do you think of your turn of events, readers of Perezcious? Let us know in the comments below).