Baltimore prosecutors are asking a judge to overturn the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, whose case rose to fame after being featured on the hit “Serial” podcast.

According to a motion filed Wednesday, prosecutors are seeking a new trial after an investigation, conducted with the defense, uncovered new evidence pointing to the potential involvement of two alternate suspects.

The ongoing investigation also uncovered Brady’s violations, or improperly withheld evidence, which the state in the filing says “private the defendant of information that would have bolstered…his argument that someone else was responsible for the death of the victim”.

Syed has long maintained his innocence in the 1999 murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. The 2014 case became the first season of “Serial,” which questioned whether Syed received a fair trial.

“To be clear, the State is not asserting that the defendant is innocent at this time. However, for all of the reasons set forth below, the State no longer has confidence in the integrity of the conviction,” a writes Assistant State’s Attorney Becky Feldman in the filing.

Syed’s legal team has long called for a new trial.

A Maryland judge in 2016 overturned Syed’s conviction on the grounds that his attorney had been an ineffective attorney. Prosecutors appealed the decision, but Syed’s team won and a special appeals court granted a new trial in 2018.

But prosecutors appealed again, and Maryland’s highest court later denied the new trial request, stalling the effort.

Syed requested last year that his case be reconsidered for re-sentencing, and prosecutors agreed in March to run new DNA tests on evidence, according to The New York Times.

Now, with new evidence from two potential suspects – who have not been named in the ongoing investigation – prosecutors are pushing for a new trial.

“Recent history has unfortunately revealed systemic issues in the arrests, investigations and prosecutions of minorities in Baltimore. new or additional findings suggest the wrong person was convicted,” prosecutors wrote, adding that this was “just such a case.”

The state also said in the filing that continuing to incarcerate Syed pending the investigation “would be a miscarriage of justice.”

Syed’s attorney and deputy public defender, Erica Suter, said in a statement from the Maryland Public Defender’s Office that Syed is “grateful that this information has finally come to light and looks forward to her day in court.”

Syed, 17 at the time, was convicted in 2000 of killing Lee, a fellow Woodlawn High School student, and burying her body in Baltimore’s Leakin Park.


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