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Adnan Syed Live Hearing: “Series” theme pops up in court as judge considers overturning conviction for murder

Adnan Syed gets a new trial

Adnan Syed, 41, who was the protagonist of a popular podcast series Serialarrives in a Baltimore courtroom on Monday afternoon, where a judge can dismiss the conviction.

Syed was convicted in 2000 of first degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and imprisonment of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

Lee disappeared after leaving Baltimore High School on January 13, 1999. Her body was found in a shallow grave in the park about a month later.

Syed always maintained his innocence and denied any involvement in Lee’s death.

Prosecutors on Wednesday petitioned the judge to quash the murder conviction after new evidence emerged regarding the possible involvement of two other suspects and doubts arose about the reliability of the cell phone evidence used in the trial.

“After nearly a year of investigating the facts of the case, Syed deserves a new trial where it is properly represented and the latest evidence can be presented,” Baltimore City State attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement.


The court has a short break

The court is reclaimed for 30 minutes so that Hae Min Lee’s brother can virtually join the trial.

Young Lee is at his workplace on the West Coast at this time.


The judge declines the request of the victim’s family to adjourn the hearing

Judge Melissa Phinn dismissed the victim’s family’s request to adjourn Adnan Syed’s trial.

The judge said the state had given the Hae Min Lee family enough time to find a lawyer to inform them of their rights to attend and speak at the hearing.

She told the family lawyer to contact Lee’s brother, Young Lee, to give him the opportunity to speak remotely in court.


The victim’s family asks the judge to adjourn the hearing

Steve Kelly, a lawyer for the Hae Min Lee family, asked the judge to postpone the hearing for seven days so that the victim’s brother, Young Lee, could attend.

Mr. Lee lives on the West Coast, and it wasn’t until a week ago, on September 12, that he was made aware of the state’s plans to quash his conviction.

However, Mr. Lee did not let you know that he wanted to attend and does not appear to have virtually joined the hearing, he tweeted Baltimore Sun“Lee Sander”

Judge Melissa Phinn said she would not have scheduled a hearing today if she had known she wanted to attend.


Hae Min Lee’s family last week announced plans to quash the conviction, the court is considering

Members of the Hae Min Lee family were only notified last week of the state’s plans to decline the conviction for the murder of Adnan Syed.

Prosecutor Becky Feldman told Judge Melissa Phinn the family was notified on September 12 – just two days before the state asked the judge to quash his conviction and release him from prison, it said Baltimore Sunthis is Lee Sanderlin.

Family attorney Steve Kelly went to court on their behalf, calling the lack of a proper notification “outrageous”.


The court hearing is about to begin

The trial is scheduled to begin in Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore Attorney Marilyn Mosby, prosecutors, and members of Adnan Syed’s family and legal team attended Elijah E. Cummings’ court.


Who is Jay Wilds?

Adnan Syed’s conviction in 2000 was largely based on the testimony of his friend Jay Wilds, who claimed Syed had confessed to killing Lee and asked for help digging a hole to bury her body at Leakin Park, Baltimore.

Wilds said he agreed to this because Syed had threatened to tell the police that he was conducting a drug operation that he feared would end up in jail.

The Serial the podcast raised questions about the credibility of his testimony, saying that he had changed his story many times.

In 2019, Wilds made his first public appearance in an interview with Interception where he still claimed to have seen Lee’s body and helped Syed get rid of it.

However, he once again changed part of his story by saying that this was the first time he saw Lee’s body in the trunk of his grandmother’s car – and not in the local Best Buy parking lot, as he said at the hearing.

He claimed that he had lied to the police in order to protect his grandmother because at the time he was selling drugs outside her home.

“I didn’t tell the cops it was in front of my house because I didn’t want to get my grandma involved in it,” he said.

“I think I told them it was before Cathy.” [a psuedonym] house, but it was in front of my grandmother’s house. I know this hasn’t happened anywhere but at my grandmother’s house.

“I remember the traffic on the freeway to my right and I remember standing there on the curb. I remember Adnan standing next to me.

He added: “Back then I was convinced that I would go to jail for a long time if he … [Adnan] handed me over to drug dealing, especially for high school kids. I was running too [drug] operations from my grandmother’s house. So it would also ruin her life. I was also around a few people earlier that day [at Cathy’s]and I didn’t want them to screw up the homicide. “

Syed accused Wilds of lying throughout the trial.


Press conference announced in the case

A press conference on Adnan Syed is scheduled.

Baltimore Attorney Marilyn Mosby will conduct a briefing outside the Elijah E. Cummings Courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland, immediately after the 2:00 PM court hearing.

Syed is expected to appear in person in person at the hearing, where Judge Melissa Phinn will decide whether to dismiss the conviction.


What do we know about two alternate suspects in the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee

Wednesday’s court files did not mention two alternative suspects in the case, citing the ongoing investigation.

However, prosecutors said both people were known from the original 1999 murder investigation and had not been properly excluded or disclosed to the defense.

According to new court papers, one suspect threatened to kill Lee around the time of her murder. He said he would “do [Lee] to disappear. He would kill her, ”the documents say.

Although prosecutors did not name two alternative suspects, one name appeared in Serial podcast as a suspect in Lee’s murder.

Ronald Lee Moore, a professional criminal and accused Baltimore murderer, was released from prison just 10 days before Lee disappeared and died.

Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the Full Story:


The victim’s family remains silent

Hae Min Lee’s family has not yet spoken as prosecutors have asked the judge to release the man convicted of her murder.

Attorney Marilyn Mosby of Baltimore City and head of the Judgment Review Unit (SRU) Becky Feldman filed Wednesday’s release request for Adnan Syed.

In a statement, Ms Mosby said Lee’s family had been notified.

“We spoke to the family of Ms Hae Min Lee and [they] I fully understand that the person responsible for this heinous crime must be held accountable, ”she said.

In 2016, when Syed received a request for a new trial, Ms Lee’s family said it was sticking to its original verdict.

“While it made us relive the nightmare we thought was behind us, we thank you for standing up for us and continuing to seek justice,” they said in a statement.

“We believe justice was administered when Adnan was convicted in 2000, and we look forward to completing this chapter so that we can celebrate Hae’s memory rather than the man who killed her.”


Adnan Syed’s long-standing legal battle

The request to overturn Adnan Syed’s conviction for murder comes after a long legal battle in which Hae Min Lee’s ex-boyfriend claims he is innocent of her 1999 murder.

Syed was convicted of murder, robbery, kidnapping, and false imprisonment in 2000 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

In February 2015 – 15 years after the murder and one year after the Serial podcast on the case was released – a Maryland state court finally agreed to an appeal against the conviction.

In November, he was granted a new hearing enabling his defense team to present new evidence in the case.

Syed was granted a new trial in June 2016, but was still held behind bars after a judge rejected his bail request.

The new trial was granted after his lawyers argued that Syed’s original trial lawyer, who later died, was grossly negligent. The defense also released new testimony from a witness who said she saw Syed in the library at the time of Lee’s murder.

Stan appealed the verdict, but the appeals court sided with Syed again in 2018 – upholding the decision to grant him a new trial and quash his conviction.

However, Maryland’s highest court overturned the lower court’s ruling the following year, denying Syed a new trial and reinstating his conviction.

The United States Supreme Court subsequently dismissed the request for his case to be heard in November 2019.

Now, in September 2022, the state and the defense have made a joint motion asking the judge to quash his conviction and release him from prison.


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