“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,” Mosby said, adding the case is now in “pending investigation.”
A joint motion for post-conviction DNA testing that was filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court said that since the crime occurred, over two decades ago, “DNA testing has changed and improved drastically.”
“Ms. Lee’s clothing, shoes, and certain other evidence recovered from the scene have not been subject to DNA testing,” the motion said. “(Syed) seeks to use the most advanced DNA testing methodologies that are currently available to analyze the biological evidence collected from the scene in an effort to exculpate him.”
“The State joins in the request that the court order DNA testing on all pieces of the victim’s clothing, shoes, recovered hairs, and other evidence submitted,” it added.
The Baltimore Police Department will have 15 days to get the evidence to a forensic crime lab in California for testing, according to the motion.
Rabia Chaudry, a public advocate for Syed, said she was “very grateful” for the developments in the case.