A court hearing has been set for Monday in Baltimore to consider a request from prosecutors to drop the 2000 murder conviction against Adnan Syed, whose case is documented in the popular podcast “Serial. “
Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn scheduled the hearing for 2 p.m., The Baltimore Sun reported.
It comes after Baltimore prosecutors filed a lawsuit Wednesday saying a lengthy investigation with the defense had uncovered new evidence that could undermine Syed’s conviction.
Syed spent more than 20 years in prison for the death of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, 18 when she was killed in 1999. Her body was found in a Baltimore park.
Syed, 42, has maintained her innocence for decades and captured the attention of millions in 2014 when the first season of the “Serial” podcast focused on the case and cast doubt on the case. some evidence, including cell phone tower data.
Prosecutors said in their petition that they did not assert that Syed was innocent but that they lacked confidence “in the integrity of the sentence” and asked for his release or bail.
“We believe it would be unfair to detain Mr Syed as we continue to investigate the case with all we know now, when we don’t trust the outcome of the first trial, it would be unfair.” , said State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
According to a petition filed in the case, Maryland law says that prosecutors typically have 30 days after sentencing is vacated to decide whether to drop charges, The Sun reported.