Baltimore State’s Legal professional Marilyn Mosby stated she’s going to drop fees in opposition to Adnan Syed and never search a brand new trial in opposition to him within the 1999 homicide of his former girlfriend relying on the outcomes of recent DNA testing that’s at present underway.
“If that DNA comes again inconclusive, I’ll certify that he’s harmless,” Mosby informed Baltimore station WJZ News on Tuesday. “If it comes again to 2 various suspects, I’ll certify that he’s harmless. If it comes again to Adnan Syed, the state remains to be ready to proceed upon the prosecution.”
Baltimore Circuit Court docket Choose Melissa Phinn on Monday gave Mosby’s office 30 days to determine whether or not they are going to pursue new fees in opposition to Syed or drop the case.
The 41-year-old was launched from jail Monday on his personal recognizance after prosecutors argued that they not had religion in his 2000 conviction that he’s served greater than 20 years for and that was lined by the hit podcast “Serial” in 2014. Syed, who was sentenced to life in jail for Lee’s strangulation demise as a juvenile, has maintained his innocence.
Phinn had agreed back in March to order new DNA testing in Lee’s homicide following a request by prosecutors and Syed’s protection group. The assessments being carried out by a California crime lab contain DNA know-how that was not obtainable throughout Syed’s homicide trial.
Mosby’s workplace, in a movement filed final week, stated they weren’t asserting that Syed is harmless however that that they had uncovered new proof that probably hyperlinks two different suspects with Hae Min Lee’s homicide. These two people, not publicly recognized, had been already identified in relation to the case.
Becky Feldman, a prosecutor with Mosby’s workplace, stated they discovered new proof in a case file throughout a latest yearlong investigation into Lee’s homicide. Handwritten notes by one in every of her predecessors recognized the 2 suspects and allegations that one in every of them had at one level threatened to kill Lee. This data was not shared with Syed’s protection group.
“I perceive how troublesome that is, however we want to ensure we maintain the proper particular person accountable,” Feldman informed the decide Monday.
Lee’s household has expressed opposition to the decide’s resolution to launch Syed.
Her brother, Younger Lee, informed the court docket on Monday that he felt “betrayed” having believed the fitting particular person had been dropped at justice.
“This isn’t a podcast for me,” he stated. “It’s actual life that may by no means finish; it’s been 20-plus years. It’s a nightmare. … That is killing us,” he stated.
An lawyer for Lee’s household, Steve Kelly, equally blasted Mosby’s movement, saying it caught the household without warning and wasn’t moderately defined to them.
“Whether or not or not Adnan is responsible is irrelevant,” Kelly told CNN. “What occurred yesterday… they had been fully excluded from the method. This can be a preordained settlement between the state’s lawyer, the protection, even the court docket.”