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'Serial' host: Evidence that freed Syed was long available

Maryland Serial Podcast Syed
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Adnan Syed, center, leaves the Elijah E. Cummings Courthouse, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Baltimore. A judge has ordered the release of Syed after overturning his conviction for a 1999 murder that was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The creator of a true-crime podcast that helped free a Maryland man imprisoned for murder said that she feels a mix of emotions over how long it took authorities to act on evidence that’s long been available.

Podcast host Sarah Koenig released a new episode of “Serial” on Tuesday, a day after a judge vacated Adnan Syed's 2000 conviction and allowed him to walk out of court.

Koenig noted that all of the evidence cited in prosecutors’ motion to overturn the conviction was available since 1999.

She argued that the case against Syed involved “just about every chronic problem” in the system.