State: Adnan Syed should not be released on bail

Posted at 8:37 AM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 18:46:51-05

The state filed a motion to block Adnan Syed's request for a bail hearing.

Attorney's for the subject of the popular podcast "Serial" filed a motion for Syed to be released on bail as he awaits a new trial - citing 17 years of good behavior in prison since his conviction in 2000.

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In its filing, the state argued that Syed is still a convicted murder whose retrial grant is currently in the appeals process.

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The filing submitted by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh reads: "The State respectfully submits that, because Syed remains convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the premeditated strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend, and because the order granting Syed post-conviction relief on a single ground has been stayed and is the subject of a pending appeal, Syed’s motion should be summarily denied. Under these circumstances, no hearing is required or appropriate."

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Syed was convicted of life in prison for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Interest in his case grew after the release of the podcast "Serial," which examined different aspects of the case and included interviews with Syed.

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