Asia McClain, a key witness in the case of convicted murder Adnan Syed has filed a new affidavit claiming she was encouraged not to participate in Syed’s appeal.
The story of Syed, who was convicted in 2000 of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” While the show accumulated millions of fans for its exploration of Syed’s possible innocence, the narrative of his court case and eventual conviction was fraught with unanswered questions and unfilled loopholes. When the series’ first season ended in December, there were still unsolved theories regarding Syed’s case.
Early in the season, “Serial” host Sarah Koenig interviewed Asia McClain, a woman who wrote an affidavit in 2000 establishing an alibi for Syed at the time of Lee’s murder. McClain wrote that they were in the library on Jan. 13, 1999, at the time Lee was killed. This potential alibi was given top billing as the subject of the series’ first episode. But Koenig reported that McClain never testified in Syed’s trial because his defense attorney never contacted her.
According to The Blaze, McClain stands by these events and in a new affidavit, she writes that the former trial prosecutor Kevin Urick convinced her not to participate in Syed’s 2010 appeal.
“He told me there was no merit to any claims that Syed did not get a fair trial,” MClain said of Urick in the affidavit. “Urick discussed the evidence of the case in a manner that seemed designed to get me to think Syed was guilty and that I should not bother participating in the case, by telling what I knew about Jan. 13, 1999. Urick convinced me into believing that I should not participate in any ongoing proceedings. Based on my conversation with Kevin Urick, the comments made by him and what he conveyed to me during that conversation, I determined that I wished to have no further involvement with the Syed defense team, at that time.”
Urick, who said on “Serial” that McClain told him she was pressured by Syed’s family to write the original affidavit, denied this exchange to The Blaze.
Since the show’s last episode, several key witnesses have surfaced from other media outlets, including Syed’s acquaintance, Jay Wilds. Wilds testified that he assisted Syed in disposing Lee’s body.
Syed recently appealed to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to overturn the circuit court’s denial of “post conviction relief.” The state of Maryland, who originally prosecuted him, has requested that the appeals court deny his application.
Read McClain’s second affidavit below.