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Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she will drop charges against Adnan Syed and not seek a new trial against him in the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend depending on the results of new DNA testing that’s currently underway.
“If that DNA comes back inconclusive, I will certify that he’s innocent,” Mosby told Baltimore station WJZ News on Tuesday. “If it comes back to two alternative suspects, I will certify that he’s innocent. If it comes back to Adnan Syed, the state is still in a position to proceed upon the prosecution.”
Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn on Monday gave Mosby’s office 30 days to decide whether they will pursue new charges against Syed or drop the case.
The 41-year-old was released from prison Monday on his own recognizance after prosecutors argued that they no longer had faith in his 2000 conviction that he’s served more than 20 years for and that was covered by the hit podcast “Serial” in 2014. Syed, who was sentenced to life in prison for Lee’s strangulation death as a juvenile, has maintained his innocence.
Phinn had agreed back in March to order new DNA testing in Lee’s murder following a request by prosecutors and Syed’s defense team. The tests being performed by a California crime lab involve DNA technology that was not available during Syed’s murder trial.
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