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Asia McClain, a potential key alibi witness for Serial subject Adnan Syed, testified at his hearing last week. In an interview on Wednesday’s Good Morning America she revealed why she’s now coming forward.
Syed was convicted for the 1999 Baltimore murder of this high school ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee and his case was made popular by the Serial podcast. Last week, McClain testified that she saw Syed in the library at the time the prosecution argues Lee was murdered.
“I was sitting in the library bored to tears and someone walked in that I knew,” McClain, who now goes by Chapman, tells ABC News. She said she and Syed had talked about his break up with Lee but that Syed “didn’t seem to be disturbed or angry” with his ex.
Syed’s current lawyer is arguing that his former defense attorney’s decision not to contact McClain as an alibi demonstrates the incompetency his former lawyer at the time.
McClain chose not to testify when Syed’s new legal team contacted her in 2010, but said she is speaking out now as a way of “setting a good example” for her children and “leaving a legacy of integrity.”
She added, “Do I think Adnan killed Hae? Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. By coming forward, I hope that I was able to provide enough information to the judge for him to be able to make a rational decision. Whatever that might be, is in his hands.”
When asked if she had anything to say to Syed, she said, “I would just personally apologize that I didn’t come forward in 2010.”
Syed and his team are waiting for a judge to issue a written ruling on his bid for a retrial.
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