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'Serial' alibi witness Asia McClain writes book about her side of story

Alibi witness Asia McClain walks from the courthouse on the conclusion of the retrial hearing of Adnan Syed of "Serial," convicted in the murder of Hae Min Lee.
Alibi witness Asia McClain walks from the courthouse on the conclusion of the retrial hearing of Adnan Syed of "Serial," convicted in the murder of Hae Min Lee. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Fans of "Serial" Season 1 will soon have even more coverage to chew on.

Asia McClain Chapman, best known as the elusive potential alibi witness in the first season of the popular "This American Life" spinoff podcast, is now telling her side of the story — in book form.

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Chapman has claimed she saw fellow Woodlawn High School high school classmate Adnan Syed at the campus' local library at the time prosecutors said Syed's ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee was being killed. Syed is serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder, and is seeking a new trial.

Chapman's "Confessions of a Serial Alibi," published by Post Hill Press, is set to release in hardcover this June. The e-book version, according to Chapman's Twitter, will be available in two weeks.

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Chapman, considered a key subject in proving Syed's innocence, wrote letters to Syed while he was in prison, offering to be his alibi, yet Syed's original trial lawyer didn't use Chapman's alibi in his 2000 trial.

Interest in the case reemerged when it became the subject of the "Serial" podcast, hosted by former Baltimore Sun reporter Sarah Koenig. "Serial," which premiered in October 2014, was downloaded over 5 million times and won a Peabody Award.

Chapman most recently testified at Syed's post-conviction hearing in February, part of Syed's latest attempt to receive a new trial. The judge has yet to issue a ruling. (You can read about that hearing here.)

Chapman was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

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You can find more information about the book on Chapman's website or on Amazon, where it's available to preorder.

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