Adnan Syed calls press conference to claim he has two NEW pieces of information over murder of Hae Min Lee, a year after Serial podcast ‘star’ had his conviction for killing vacated
- On Tuesday, Syed sat with his mother and his brother at his family’s home for an impromptu press conference – organized without a spokesperson or his attorney
- He said that he called the conference on the one year anniversary of his release from prison to highlight ‘two new pieces of information’
Exactly a year ago, a judge ordered Syed’s release from his life sentence for strangling Hae Min Lee – after serving 23 years – because they could no longer justify keeping him locked up based on new information.
He was tried in 2000 and found guilty of burying his high school sweetheart’s body in a shallow grave in Baltimore’s Leakin Park. His case was popularized by the podcast Serial – with thousands of people across the globe gripped by the story.
On Tuesday, Syed sat with his mother and his brother at his family’s home in Windsor Mill for an impromptu two-hour press conference – organized without a spokesperson or his attorney.
He called for an investigation into his case, ‘to essentially understand how our rights as a family have been violated.’
Adnan Syed has called a last-minute press conference from his Maryland living room, one year after his murder conviction was overturned and he was released from prison
On Tuesday, Syed sat with his mother and his brother at his family’s home in Windsor Mill for an impromptu press conference – organized without a spokesperson or his attorney
He said that he called the conference on the one year anniversary of his release from prison to highlight ‘two new pieces of information’ that he wants the Attorney General to be made aware of.
He urged the AG Anthony Brown to open a probe into his case. He alleged that there had been prosecutorial misconduct – specifically by Kevin Urick and Kathleen Murphy.
Syed said that he has always pushed for justice for his ‘friend’ Lee, and her family.
‘We have the upmost respect and concern for Lee’s younger brother,’ Syed told the room.
He said that there is evidence that Urick committed a Brady violation and that the AG ought to probe him for it.
A representative for the MD Office of the Public Defender said: ‘Out of respect for our client’s autonomy, Adnan Syed’s legal team is not providing any comment at this time.’
In March this year, his conviction was reinstated by an appellate court panel and deemed that his hearing would have to be re-heard.
Hae Min Lee’s brother, who represents the victim in this case, has long argued that he was not given enough time to attend the vacation hearing. The Baltimore city state’s attorney gave him less than one business day, he claims.
The 42-year-old was serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2000 of strangling Hae Min Lee and burying her body in a shallow grave in Baltimore’s Leakin Park
Syed was convicted of strangling Lee (with him above at junior prom in 1998). The two were high school classmates who had dated. He went to prison for the crime – but in 2022 a judge ruled that it was no longer justifiable keeping him behind bars because of new information
The panel ruled in his favor. The circuit court judge did indeed violated the rights of Young Lee in how it conducted Syed’s vacation hearing. But it Syed was still freed.
Syed’s sensational release from jail in September 2022 was due to work by Becky Feldman, the chief of the State’s Attorney’s Office’s Sentencing Review Unit.
Feldman started investigating Syed’s case in June 2022 after a new Maryland law allowed prosecutors to modify sentences for offenders who were under 18 at the time of their crimes and had served at least 20 years in prison.
Syed fit the criteria because he was 17 in 1999 and imprisoned since 2000.