Adnan Syed conviction lifted by judge in 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee

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More than two decades after Adnan Syed was sentenced to life in prison and eight years after the shaky case against him became the focus of the popular “Serial” podcast, a Baltimore judge on Monday ordered Syed’s conviction to be dropped and walked out. court a free man.

There were cheers in the court as officers released Syed’s shackles.

Syed, 41 and jailed for more than two decades, was led handcuffed into the crowded courtroom on Monday. But after Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn ordered Syed’s conviction to be overturned, his shackles were removed and he left in a white shirt and tie. His mother and other representatives of the family left with him.

Phinn ruled that the state violated its legal obligation to share exculpatory evidence with Syed’s defense. She ordered him to be released and held at home with GPS location monitoring. She also ordered the state to decide within 30 days whether to seek a new trial date or dismiss the case.

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