Key eyewitness in 'Serial' murder case stands by original testimony


The first season of Sarah Koenig's highly-popular podcast "Serial" may have ended, but that doesn't mean the story of the 1999 Maryland murder case has finished.

A former classmate of Adnan Syed who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee has now come forward to say she is ready to testify as Syed's alibi for the crime.

In an exclusive interview with The Blaze, Asia McClain claims she never recanted her testimony that she was with Syed at the time he was said to have murdered Lee as Koenig said in an episode of her podcast.

Koenig said on "Serial" that McClain told prosecutor Kevin Urick that she only said she was with Syed after receiving pressure from his family.

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"I realized I needed to step forward and make my story known to the court system," McClain's new affidavit states. She said she was with Syed at a public library at the same time prosecutors said Lee was killed.

"What actually happened is that I wrote the affidavit because I wanted to provide the truth about what I remembered," McClain said. "My only goal has always been to provide the truth about what I remembered."

McClain's testimony was not given at the time of Syed's trial.

Syed is serving a life sentence plus 30 years in a state prison in Cumberland.