‘Serial’ Baltimore’s very own ‘Only Murders in the Building’ podcast sees Adnan Syed conviction overturned

The 12-episode podcast, Serial has unearthed new findings in a decades-old case, which has led to the release of lifer, Adnan Syed.

On Monday (September 19), a Baltimore judge ordered the release of Adnan Syed, after overturning his conviction for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a crime that he has always maintained he did not commit.

The true-crime series podcast, Serial has famously dug into the decades-old case and unearthed findings that shine a new light on the murder of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee, whose body was found buried in a Baltimore Park. 

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Adnan Syed was convicted of killing ex-boyfriend, Hae Min Lee in 2000, and was already 20 years through serving a life sentence. 

Serial host, Sarah Koenig, a real-life Only Murders in the Building podcaster, spent more than a year digging into Syed’s case and reported her up-to-the-minute fresh findings in one hour-long segments. 

Koenig’s findings have been pivotal in the release of Syed, with Prosecutors now saying they have uncovered new evidence, including two new possible suspects that seriously undermine the 2000 conviction.

Syed has always maintained his innocence, and on Monday, Judge Melissa Phinn approved the release of the now-41-year-old who has spent more than two decades behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Syed is currently placed in home detention with GPS location monitoring, while the state decides whether to seek a new trial date or dismiss the case within 30 days.

Prosecutors said they weren’t asserting that Syed is innocent, but feel that there is a lack of integrity in the conviction, and recommended he be released on his own recognizance or bail.

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