Hae Min Lee

Appeals judges focus on alibi witness in hearing arguments on whether 'Serial' subject should receive a new trial

Appeals judges focus on alibi witness in hearing arguments on whether 'Serial' subject should receive a new trial

A three-judge state appeals panel focused Thursday on a possible alibi witness as they heard arguments over whether Adnan Syed — who is serving a life sentence for murder — should receive a new trial.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals judges questioned attorneys for Syed and the state attorney general's office about what weight they should give to Asia McClain Chapman. Chapman claimed to have seen Syed at the Woodlawn library when prosecutors said 18-year-old Hae Min Lee was killed in 1999.

She was not called to testify at Syed's 2000 trial. 

The state is appealing a lower court judge's ruling last year that vacated Syed's conviction and ordered a new trial....

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