The Latest: Witness hopes judge has enough info for decision

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Posted: Feb 10, 2016 9:48 AM
The Latest: Witness hopes judge has enough info for decision

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on Adnan Syed's retrial request in a murder case explored by the popular "Serial" podcast (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

An alibi witness for a convicted murderer profiled in the public radio podcast "Serial" says the decision on a new trial is in the judge's hands, but she hopes enough information was presented "for him to be able to make a rational decision."

Appearing Wednesday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America" program, Asia McClain, now Asia Chapman, said she "just happened to be at a specific place at a specific time."

Chapman testified that Adnan Syed was with her at a public library during the time Hae Min Lee was killed. She took the stand this time, vouched for Syed, and accused a prosecutor of twisting her words years ago to keep her away.

ABC reports that Chapman said she would apologize to Syed for not coming forward to testify in 2010, when the defense reached out to her.

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4:15 a.m.

A retired Baltimore judge who'll determine whether a man convicted of a killing at the center of popular podcast "Serial" deserves a new trial says the five-day post-conviction hearing that concluded Tuesday garnered more attention than any other proceeding he'd seen in the state.

The hearing was for Adnan Syed, who was convicted of killing his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison. He argued that he deserves a new trial because his attorney failed to contact an alibi witness and contended that cell tower data linking him to Lee's burial site was misleading.

Syed's case became the focus of the first season of "Serial," a podcast that was streamed and downloaded millions of times and garnered a cult following that inspired armchair detectives all over the world to delve into the details of the case, unearthing new theories and evidence.