FANS of the serial podcast were shocked Monday when Adnan Syed’s conviction for the murder of his high school sweetheart was overturned.
Syed was released after serving 23 years in prison after an investigation uncovered new vital information about the 1999 killing of Hae Min Lee, 18, including two possible suspects.
The 41-year-old was released under house arrest after his lawyers argued new evidence shows the case’s original prosecutors failed to investigate and properly clarify two potential suspects, CNN reported.
The investigation also found that prosecutors were unable to provide his defense attorneys with any evidence that could have helped Syed.
The defense team had also questioned the legitimacy of eyewitness testimony and cellphone recordings that were crucial to Syed’s conviction.
Following the news of Syed’s release from prison, journalist Sarah Koenig released a new episode of Serial: Season One – the 2014 podcast that made the Maryland case famous.
“According to the prosecution, they didn’t want to dissect Adnan’s case – mind you, their own case,” Koenig said in the episode released on Tuesday.
“They say it just kind of crumbled when they looked closely.”
While Syed was freed, he was not exonerated and a new trial was ordered.
However, series host Koenig said on Tuesday: “I know the chances of the state ever trying to prosecute Adnan again are slim at best.”
Prosecutors have 30 days since the conviction was overturned to decide whether or not to pursue a new case against Syed.
Syed was just 19 when he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his former high school sweetheart.
Lee was found buried in a shallow grave in Maryland in February 1999. At trial, prosecutors argued that Syed strangled Lee in a jealous rage after school in the parking lot of a Best Buy after they broke up.
While police have not named any suspects, the serial podcast has been investigating other potential suspects.
Ronald Lee Moore was named by the true crime podcast Serial as a likely suspect in the 1999 strangulation.
Convicted burglar Moore was also living in Baltimore at the time of Lee’s death.
In 2013, Moore was also named as the likely perpetrator of another 1999 murder involving a Baltimore woman, Annelise Hyang Suk Lee, 27.
The fact that Moore is now credibly suspected of strangling two other women to death could fuel speculation that he, and not Syed, was responsible for Hae Min Lee’s murder.
There will be no defense against Moore, however, as he killed himself in prison in 2008 on an unrelated burglary conviction.
Donald “Don” Clinedinst
Donald Clinedisnt, then 22, was Lee’s boyfriend at the time of her death. The two met while working at LensCrafters.
The couple spent the night before Lee’s disappearance together, and they reportedly had plans to see each other the following night.
However, Clinedisnt was apparently disfellowshipped early in the investigation for having offered work as an alibi. He has denied any wrongdoing.
“They didn’t fingerprint him, they didn’t take his hair samples, they didn’t take his DNA…although the hairs found on Hae’s body don’t match Adnan’s,” Rabia Chaudry, an attorney for Syed said Oxygene.
“They didn’t think, ‘Maybe we should check out the boyfriend.'”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6263865/adnan-syed-murder-conviction-suspects-podcast/ In the grounds, Serial’s Adnan Syed’s murder conviction was overturned after two other suspects were exposed by the podcast