Adnan Syed Petitions to Have Alibi Witness Testify in Serial Case

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It’s been 15 years since Baltimore teenager Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. After the wildly popular podcast program Serial revived interest in the case, Syed and his legal team have been filing court challenges in hopes of winning another trial.

This latest filing has to do with Asia McClain, a supposed alibi witness who featured prominently in Serial. According to McClain, she saw Syed in the school library at precisely the time he was allegedly murdering Lee. She told Syed, who told his defense attorney about it–but McClain was never even interviewed by any member of the defense team.

Last year, a lower court denied Syed’s request for a new trial; then, in February, an appeals court agreed to hear his appeal. To clarify: That doesn’t mean Syed is getting a new trial. But the court is willing to at least hear out his argument that he should.

This week, Syed’s legal team petitioned the Baltimore Circuit Court to re-open post-conviction hearings so McClain’s testimony could be entered into court record. The attorney general’s spokesman said that “reopening the post-conviction proceedings is not appropriate under these circumstances.”

Expect to hear a whole lot more legal back-and-forth before this all gets resolved.



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