Adnan Syed Prosecutor Says She Will ‘Confirm He’s Innocent’ Depending On TSWT Test

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Baltimore state 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, pending the results of new TSWT tests currently underway. are underway.

“If that TSWT is inconclusive, I will confirm that he is innocent,” Mosby told WJZ News in Baltimore on Tuesday. “If it comes back to two alternate suspects, I’ll confirm he’s innocent. If it comes back to Adnan Syed, the state is still in a position to continue the persecution.”

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn gave Mosby’s office Monday 30 days to decide whether to file a new charge against Syed or drop the case.

State attorney Marilyn Mosby (left) discusses Adnan Syed’s release after his conviction was quashed Monday. Syed’s mother, Shamim Syed (right), watches with another son standing behind Mosby.

Phinn had agreed in March to run new TSWT tests in Lee’s murder, at the request of prosecutors and Syed’s defense team. The tests conducted by a California crime lab use TSWT technology not available during Syed’s murder trial.

Becky Feldman, a prosecutor in Mosby’s office, said they found new evidence in a file during a recent year-long investigation into Lee’s murder. Handwritten notes from one of her predecessors identified the two suspects and allegations that one of them at one point threatened to kill Lee. This information has not been shared with Syed’s defense team.

Adnan Syed leaves the courthouse after Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn Monday overturned his conviction for first degree murder in the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee.
Adnan Syed leaves the courthouse after Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa Phinn Monday overturned his conviction for first degree murder in the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee.

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Lee’s family has objected to the judge’s decision to release Syed.

Her brother, Young Lee, told the court on Monday that he felt “betrayed” because he believed the right person had been brought to justice.

“This is not a podcast for me,” he said. “It’s real life that will never end; it’s been more than 20 years. It’s a nightmare. … This is destroying us,” he said.

An attorney for Lee’s family, Steve Kelly, also rejected Mosby’s motion, saying it surprised the family and was not reasonably explained to them.

“Whether Adnan is guilty or not doesn’t matter,” Kelly told TSWT. “What happened yesterday… they were completely barred from the trial. This is a pre-established agreement between the prosecutor, the defense and even the court.”

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