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Adnan Syed ordering DNA testing on evidence from the 90s, to help prove his innocence

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Posted at 5:34 PM, Mar 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-10 17:52:53-05

WOODLAWN, Md. — Adnan Syed is ordering a DNA testing on evidence from the 90s, to help prove his innocence.

Syed was convicted of killing his girlfriend Hae Min Lee back in 1999.

Syed and the state of Maryland are now looking to analyze the clothing Lee was wearing when she died.

Documents explain that the clothing could contain what scientists call "Touch DNA".

Touch DNA is made up of things like skin cells and is left behind when a person touches something.

With advancements in DNA technology, Syed is hopeful that analysis will prove him innocent by ruling out his own genetic material.

Baltimore County law enforcement still have Lee's clothing from the day she died and have never used DNA testing in this case.

City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has issued a statement regarding the update:

Mr. Syed’s defense counsel approached our Sentencing Review Unit regarding Mr. Syed’s case after the Juvenile Restoration Act passed in April 2021, which allows persons convicted of crimes as juveniles to request a modification of sentence after they have served at least 20 years in prison.  In the process of reviewing this case for a possible resentencing, it became clear that additional forensic testing - which was not available at the time of the original investigation and trial in this case - would be an appropriate avenue to pursue.  As this is now a pending investigation, our office will not comment further at this time.