Baltimore prosecutors have filed a motion to overturn Adnan Syed‘s conviction.
More than 20 years after Syed was sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend and high school classmate, Hae Min Lee, Baltimore City state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby and chief of the Sentencing Review Unit, Becky Feldman, have announced they’ve taken the steps to request a new trial and vacate his conviction after a year-long investigation.
According to a Sept. 14 press release, their year-long inspection revealed “undisclosed and newly-developed information regarding two alternative suspects, as well as unreliable cell phone tower data.”
“Since the inception of my administration, my prosecutors have been sworn to not only aggressively advocate on behalf of the victims of crime, but in the pursuit of justice—when the evidence exists—to correct the wrongs of the past where doubt is evident,” Mosby shared in a statement. “For that reason, after a nearly year-long investigation reviewing the facts of this case, Syed deserves a new trial where he is adequately represented, and the latest evidence can be presented.”