FILE PHOTO: Convicted murderer Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland February 5, 2016. The Maryland man whose 2000 murder conviction was thrown into question by the popular "Serial" podcast was in court to argue he deserved a new trial because his lawyers had done a poor job with his case. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Monday’s Baltimore court ruling ruled that Adnan Syed should be released. The conviction for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a high school student, was overturned by Syed. This case was covered in “Serial,” an audio podcast that captured true crime stories that captivated listeners and revolutionized the genre.

After he was convicted for strangling Lee, 18, he was sentenced to a life term. His body was discovered in a Baltimore park.

Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn, who was requesting new evidence from prosecutors, ordered that Syed’s conviction be overturned. She also approved the release of Syed, now 41 years old and who has been in prison for more than 20 years. The judge’s announcement was met with cheers and gasps in the packed courtroom.

Phinn ruled that Syed was not entitled to be protected by the state because it failed to share any evidence. She placed Syed in home detention with GPS tracking and ordered her to resign. She also ordered that Syed be placed in home detention with GPS location monitoring.

Phinn stated, “All right Mr. Syed. You’re free to go with your family.” As the hearing was over,

Syed appeared out of the courthouse moments later and smiled as he was led to an SUV by a crowd of cheering supporters.

Syed didn’t speak at the hearing and he did not address reporters afterward. Erica Suter, his lawyer, described Syed’s reaction to the decision after the hearing. She said that he could not believe it was real.

Sara Patel, a friend and confidant of Syed, stated that “we are very happy and relieved he’s finally released.” “We’ve been on pins & needles all this time.”

Syed has maintained his innocence throughout. Syed has always maintained his innocence.

Prosecutors filed a motion last week stating that a long investigation with defense had revealed new evidence that could have undermined the conviction of Lee’s ex-boyfriend Syed in 2000.

As Becky Feldman, assistant state’s attorney, described details of the case to the judge, she said that while she understood the difficulty in this situation, it was important that the right person be held accountable. She also mentioned other suspects, flawed cellphone data and unreliable witness testimony, as well as a biased detective.


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