Judge Melissa Phinn on Monday ordered the Baltimore Police Department to send evidence in the case to the Forensic Analytical Crime Lab in Hayward, California, within 15 days, according to court documents.
The pair were seniors at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County in January 1999 when she disappeared. Her strangled body was discovered in a city forest three weeks later.
Syed, now 40, has been appealing his convictions for years.
“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.”
At trial, prosecutors relied on testimony from a friend, Jay Wilds, who said he helped Syed dig a hole for Lee’s body. To corroborate his account, prosecutors presented cell phone records and expert witness testimony to place Syed at the site where Lee was buried.
CNN’s Rebekah Riess, Amanda Watts and Elizabeth Joseph contributed to this report.