Could Adnan Syed be a free man? A lawyer for Adnan, the subject of the ‘Serial’ podcast, says that new evidence proves the phone records that sent him to jail are inadmissible — which means Adnan’s murder conviction could be overturned!
Adnan Syed, 35, is closer to freedom than ever before. Adnan, whose case was the focus of the Serial podcast, is serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. However, his lawyer says new evidence proves Adnan should have never been sent to jail in the first place!
Adnan’s lawyer, C. Justin Brown filed a motion in a Baltimore court on Aug. 24, reports the Baltimore Sun. Adnan’s lawyer claimed that cellphone records that placed Adnan at Leakin Park, where the body of his ex-girlfriend was buried, were inadmissible.
When AT&T provided the records to the police, C. Justin claimed, the service also provided a fax cover sheet that said, “Outgoing calls only are reliable for location status. Any incoming calls will NOT be considered reliable information for location.” The prosecutors in Adnan’s case used calls made to his phone to place him at the location, backing up Jay Wilds’ testimony that said he helped Adnan bury Hae Min’s body in Leakin Park.
“If AT&T, the architect and operator of the cell tower network, did not think incoming calls were ‘reliable information for location,’ it is unfathomable that a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge would have allowed an expert opinion…under this method,” C. Justin wrote in his motion.
Adnan was only a teenager when he was convicted of first-degree murder of in 2000. He was sentenced to life in prison, despite the lack of physical evidence tying him to Hae Min’s death. Adnan claims his defense attorney at the time, Christine Gutierrez, ignored his request to reach a plea deal.
He also said that she failed to interview a witness who could have potentially given him an alibi. After Adnan’s case was profiled in the highly popular Serial podcast, many questioned if he really killed Hae Min or if he got a fair trial.
In Feb. 2015, a Maryland Court of Special Appeals granted Adnan’s request to appeal a lower court’s decision that denied him a new trial. If this new motion is accepted and the phone records are tossed out, Adnan might not need to argue for a new trial. His conviction could be overturned and he could be set free!
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— Jason Brow