Baltimore prosecutors asked a judge to toss the murder conviction of Adnan Syed — the subject of a popular crime podcast that raised serious doubts about his murder conviction.

Adnan Syed was found guilty of killing ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 after she was found strangled to death and buried in a Baltimore park, but has always maintained his innocence.

His case grabbed national attention after it was chronicled in the first season of the award-winning audio series “Serial” in 2014, shocking American audiences.

A collage of photographs of Hai Min Lee and her friends
Lee was found strangled to death and buried in a Baltimore park in 2019.
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On Wednesday, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City filed a motion following a year-long investigation in conjunction with the defense that found new evidence that included two alternative suspects who may have killed Lee separately or together, according to the filing, obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

Prosecutors have requested that Syed, who has spent over two decades behind bars while serving a life sentence, be given a new trial. 

Prosecutors did not say that he is innocent, “However, for all the reasons set forth below, the State no longer has confidence in the integrity of the conviction,” the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

The office recommended that Syed be released on his own recognizance as the investigation continues, WSJ reported.

According to prosecutors, the two other suspects — who were not named in the filing — were known at the time of the first investigation and were not completely ruled out.

The filing stated that the evidence was found that was never presented to the defense in Syed’s trial, including a document that revealed one of the suspects had a motive to kill Lee. A witness heard one of the suspects say about Lee that “he would make her [Ms. Lee] disappear. He would kill her,” according to the filing.

Officials escort "Serial" podcast subject Adnan Syed from the courthouse on Feb. 3, 2016,
Prosecutors requested that Syed be released as its investigation continues.
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Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore in 2016
Syed has spent more than 20 years in prison for Lee’s murder.
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Additional evidence never provided to the fence included that the lot where Lee’s car was found after her murder was behind a home that belonged to one of the suspect’s relatives.

Prosecutors also took issue with cell phone data used as evidence against Syed as well as testimony from a key witness.

“This information was not available to the Defendant in his trial in 2000, and the State believes it would have provided persuasive support substantiating the defense that another person was responsible for the victim’s death,” prosecutors said in the filing.

"Serial" podcast creator Sarah Koenig
Sarah Koenig, creator of the “Serial” podcast which raised doubts about Syed’s case.
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Two Maryland courts found that Syed deserved a new trial. However, the Maryland Court of Appeals denied Syed a new trial in 2019.

In addition to the “Serial” podcast, Syed’s case was also featured in a 2019 HBO documentary “The Case Against Adnan Syed.”

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