It was Thursday afternoon, as she lay in a Washington state sanatorium bed improving from a cesarean section, when Asia Chapman’s phone started lighting adult with Twitter and content notifications:
“I didn’t consider it was real,” Chapman tells PEOPLE. “I was stunned. we thought, ‘Really?’ ”
(She had usually given birth to a son on Wednesday, her third child, and tweeted her surprise during a overlap.)
Chapman is informed to fans of a renouned podcast underneath her lass name, McClain, as an purported pretext declare for Syed, who was convicted of murder in the 1999 genocide of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
A former classmate of Syed’s and Lee’s, Chapman has prolonged claimed she was in a library subsequent to their high propagandize with Syed during a time prosecutors contend he murdered Lee.
But Syed’s strange invulnerability profession never contacted Chapman about her claims, that Chapman reiterated in dual letters she sent Syed days after his arrest. Chapman usually detected her aptitude to his box after Serial creator Sarah Koenig contacted her in 2014.
In his order to extend Syed a new trial, Maryland Judge Martin P. Welch did not determine with Syed’s explain that his strange attorney’s disaster to examine Chapman as a intensity pretext declare constituted ineffectual assistance of warn – a reason to extend him a new trial.
Welch did, however, determine with Syed’s explain that his strange invulnerability attorney’s disaster to hit Chapman “fell next a customary of reasonable veteran judgment.”
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The crux of Welch’s statute were a dungeon phone annals used to assistance crook Syed, and his strange invulnerability attorney’s disaster to review a state’s dungeon building expert. But Welch systematic Chapman’s testimony, during Syed’s February post-conviction hearing and in her 2015 sworn affidavit, be entered into a central probity records.
“I’m beholden that my testimony is going to be partial of a central record. It is of relevance, since all these years we didn’t consider it had any relevance,” she tells PEOPLE. “That is really fulfilling.”
The possibility that Syed, who was portion a life judgment for Lee’s death, might go giveaway on bail, is “unbelievable,” Chapman says.
“That is crazy,” she says. “I can’t suppose what that would feel like for him or his family.”
(Syed’s hermit Yusef told PEOPLE shortly after a judge’s order, “We are happy and in startle still, We have waited 20 years for justice.”)
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Syed’s attorney, C. Justin Brown, pronounced Thursday he “doesn’t know” when Syed will get his new trial, where Chapman is approaching to finally have her possibility to testify. (She recently wrote a memoir about her practice with a case.)
“As distant as a retrial is concerned, we wouldn’t contend ‘happy’ is a suitable word,” Chapman says. “But we am gratified that all a information would be put out on a table.”