A US judge ordered the release of Adnan Syed, a man convicted in 2000 of the 2000 murder of Hae Min Lee in a case documented on the popular podcast Serial. Here’s what you need to know.
A Baltimore judge on Monday vacated Adnan Syed’s murder conviction and cleared charges in the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, Syed’s then-18-year-old high school sweetheart.
Adnan Syed, now 41, was serving a life sentence plus 30 years. Now, 22 years later, he is walking away under house arrest.
This comes after a true crime podcast decades later breathed new life into his defense and offered new insights that could lead to his freedom.
So who is Adnan Syed, what was the podcast series challenging his conviction and what was his case about?
Adnan Syed was a student at Woodlawn High School in 1999, where he – along with his girlfriend Hae Min Lee – attended classes together before she disappeared one day after school.
Her body was later found buried in a park in Baltimore.
After six weeks, 17-year-old Syed was arrested for the murder of Hae Min Lee and faced his murder trial that same year.