Will Adnan Syed be put on trial again for killing Hae Min Lee?



Although legal experts and the victim’s family said on Tuesday they had no hope the murder case would ever be retried, Baltimore prosecutors have a month to determine whether to retry Adnan Syed.

Syed, 42, left court on Monday after spending more than 20 years behind bars free but being held on home arrest. After successfully persuading a Baltimore judge to overturn his murder conviction, prosecutors are deliberating their next course of action.

They won’t retry this case since they have already admitted there are discrepancies. Where are they going to find all the evidence in the case, then? Danny Cevallos, a legal analyst for NBC, stated. “Retrying this instance would be an incredibly remote possibility

Syed was found guilty of the 1999 slaying of his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Hae Min Lee, whose body was discovered buried in Baltimore’s Leakin Park.

He received a life in prison sentence. Then, in 2014, concerns were raised regarding the evidence against him by the well-known “Serial” podcast.


It would be extremely difficult to retry the case, according to David Jaros, a law professor at the University of Baltimore. “I would never stake the house on anything,” he said. It’s “extremely difficult for me to conceive they would pursue this matter again,” she said.

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What requirements would there be to retry Adnan Syed?

According to Doug Colbert, a University of Maryland law professor who formerly defended Syed, any serious prosecution would require unmistakable DNA evidence linking Syed directly to Lee’s murder.


Therefore, Colbert predicted that Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby “would achieve closure and determine that she’s not able to establish this case beyond a reasonable doubt” absent the discovery of DNA or [new] compelling

testimony evidence.

The family of Hae Min Lee feels deceived.

Despite Young Lee, the victim’s brother, making a heartbreaking testimony in which he described

the prosecution’s bid to overturn the conviction as a “betrayal,” Syed was released.

“At this moment, the family’s prospects are quite dim. They don’t think anybody will ever be

brought to justice for killing Hae, Kelly said on Tuesday. They are currently in a great deal of hurt

and distress.

Mosby’s cautious remarks contradict court proceedings only moments before, when her own prosecutor dismantled the state’s compelling murder case.


At the request of the prosecution, a court freed Syed from prison and overturned his murder conviction. Mosby said that the newly freed man had not been proved innocent and that her office would consider a retrial.


Lee’s surviving family members don’t think Baltimore prosecutors will choose to have another trial, according to family attorney Steve Kelly.



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