Prosecutors had called for the conviction to be overturned after discovering “newly developed information regarding alternative suspects”.
She said the move was motivated by the discovery of “newly developed undisclosed information regarding two alternate suspects, as well as unreliable cell phone tower data.”
Officials accompany podcast “Serial” subject Adnan Sayed from the courtroom on February 3, 2016, after completing the first day of retrial hearings in Baltimore, Maryland. source: AAP / (Photo by Carl Merton Veron/Baltimore Sun/TNS/Sipa USA).
“Syed deserves a new trial where he is adequately represented and the latest evidence can be presented,” she added.
Syed’s case attracted attention when it was covered by “Serial,” a weekly podcast that saw an American journalist reconsider and question his conviction.
A view of the poster at the New York premiere of HBO’s “The Case Against Adnan Syed” at Pure Non-Fiction on February 26, 2019 in New York City. source: GT / (Photo by Slavin Vlasic/Getty Images for HBO)
His case was also the subject of a four-part HBO documentary, The Case Against Adnan Sayed.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Lee were high school honors students and children of immigrant families – a Pakistani, a South Korean – who hid their relationship from their conservative parents.
It added that the accuracy of the mobile phone data records that were used to determine Mr Syed’s whereabouts on the day of the killings was also called into question.