Syed’s high school friend Asia McClain was never called to testify at his original 1999 trial, in which he was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Syed’s current counsel contends that not having McClain testify was a costly mistake by his original attorney, who has since died. McClain wrote an affidavit in 2000
establishing an alibi for Syed and filed another affidavit earlier this
year claiming that former Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Urick suppressed her testimony at Syed’s 2010 appeal and discouraged her from participating in the trial.