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‘Serial’ Killer’s Conviction Vacated, Syed Ordered Released

At a glance

  • Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn, at the behest of prosecutors who had uncovered new evidence, ordered that Syed’s conviction be vacated and approved the release of the now-41-year-old who has spent more than two decades behind bars.
  • Phinn ruled that the state violated its legal obligation to share evidence that could have bolstered Syed’s defense.
  • Syed is to be placed on home detention with GPS location monitoring.
  • Judge also said the state must decide whether to seek a new trial date or dismiss the case within 30 days.
  • Syed has always maintained his innocence.
  • Prosecutors said they weren’t asserting Syed’s innocent but they lacked confidence “in the integrity of the conviction.”

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