Friday 9 December 2016

New evidence from convicted killer Adnan Syed's alibi in Serial podcast case

Published 04/02/2016 | 12:01

Family photos in the home of Adnan Syed's mother in Baltimore. (AP)
Family photos in the home of Adnan Syed's mother in Baltimore. (AP)

As a convicted murderer seeks a new trial in a case highlighted by the popular Serial podcast, an alibi witness who was never before called to testify has cast doubts about evidence from the case's former prosecutor.

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Asia McClain, now known as Asia Chapman, testified on Wednesday during a hearing for Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murdering Hae Min Lee and is serving a life sentence.

He is seeking a new trial, claiming that his first lawyer was ineffective.

Ms McClain has said she saw Syed at a library during the time when prosecutors allege he was killing his high school girlfriend.

But she testified on Wednesday that prosecutor Kevin Urick convinced her that Syed was "100% guilty" and he later gave deceptive evidence about their conversation.

Ms McClain's testimony continues on Thursday.

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