Prosecutors had asked that the conviction be overturned following the discovery of “newly developed information regarding two alternate suspects”.
The decision was prompted by the discovery of “undisclosed and newly developed information regarding two alternate suspects, as well as unreliable cellphone tower data,” she said.
Officials escort ‘Serial’ podcast subject Adnan Syed from the courthouse February 3, 2016, at the end of the first day of hearings for a new trial in Baltimore, Maryland. Source: AAP / (Photo by Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS/Sipa USA).
“Syed deserves a new trial where he is adequately represented and where the final evidence can be presented,” she added.
Mr Syed’s case attracted attention when it was picked up by ‘Serial’, a weekly podcast which saw a US journalist backtrack on his conviction and cast doubt on his guilt.
A view of the poster during 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: Getty / (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for HBO)
His case was also the subject of a four-part HBO documentary called “The Case Against Adnan Syed”.
Mr. Syed and Ms. Lee were both honored high school students and children of immigrant families – he Pakistani, she South Korean – who hid their relationship from their conservative parents.
Doubts have also been raised about the accuracy of the mobile phone data records which were used to determine Mr Syed’s whereabouts on the day of the murder, he added.