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Murder Conviction Of Adnan Syed, Subject Of Hit Podcast Serial, Is Overturned

A judge has ordered the release of Adnan Syed after overturning his murder conviction, which was the subject of the popular Serial podcast.

Mr Syed was 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison in 2000 for the murder of his girlfriend Hae Min Lee, who was strangled and buried in a Baltimore park in 1999.

On Monday, a Maryland judge overturned the conviction after prosecutors said there were two other possible suspects who were never disclosed to the defence at trial.

Judge Melissa Phinn of the Circuit Court in Baltimore ordered Mr Syed to be released from prison and put on home detention. She also ordered the state to decide whether to seek a new trial date or dismiss the case within 30 days.

“All right Mr Syed, you’re free to join your family,” Ms Phinn said as the hearing ended.

Mr. Syed, now 41, has always maintained his innocence and has been appealing his conviction for years.

The case was first brought to global attention by the 2014 hit podcast, which raised doubts about his guilt and some evidence prosecutors had used.

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