Judge overturns conviction for Adnan Syed murder, orders his release

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A judge on Monday ordered the release of Adnan Syed, a Baltimore man serving a life sentence for a 1999 murder he claims he did not commit after overturning his conviction. His case was chronicled in the popular podcast “Serial”.

Phinn’s decision to overturn his conviction follows a request from prosecutors last week. Syed was convicted of the murder of his former high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, whose body was found buried in a Baltimore park. Prosecutors called a lack of confidence “in the integrity of the sentencing” after completing a year-long investigation with Syed’s lawyers.

His criminal case caught the attention of millions in 2014 when he became the focus of a popular podcast that raised doubts about the evidence presented against him, including cell phone data.

Serial podcast host Sarah Koenig was in court at the time of Syed’s release. A new episode of the program will be released on Tuesday morning, the podcast announced on Twitter.

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