BALTIMORE — Adnan Syed, the man who was featured in the popular podcast “Serial,” received news of a legal win this week. The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office has made a motion for Syed’s sentence to be vacated and for him to be released pending a new trial. Syed is currently serving a life sentence for murder after he was convicted in 2000 of the murder of his ex-girlfriend.
On Wednesday, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said, after a joint investigation with Syed’s attorney, her office found new evidence which suggests there were two other suspects who were not properly investigated.
The office said one suspect threatened to kill the victim but prosecutors never shared that information with the defense, which is required by law.
Mosby’s office also said new information “revealed that one of the suspects was convicted of attacking a woman in her vehicle, and that one of the suspects was convicted of engaging in serial rape and sexual assault.”
“My prosecutors have been sworn to not only aggressively advocate on behalf of the victims of crime, but in the pursuit of justice, – when the evidence exists- to correct the wrongs of the past where doubt is evident,” Mosby said.
University of Baltimore law professor David Jaros is not affiliated with the case, but he provided WJZ some legal analysis.
How could the defense use this information in a trial?
“They certainly could tell the jury – who of course was really basing this case on circumstantial evidence, nothing explicit about Adnan Syed – that there was another person who who’d actually threatened to kill the victim. That might alone create reasonable doubt as to his guilt, and that could have been enough to turn the outcome of the trial,” he said.
The state’s attorney said it