Family of man sentenced to death sues murder victim's attorney

Yao Jiaxin 
By: Hydar Tomar 

(Scroll down for video) The family of a man that was sentenced to death decided to sue the murder victim’s attorney, according to court proceedings.

Yao Qingwei, father of Yao Jiaxin, has filed a lawsuit against Zhang Xian, who represented the family of a murdered 26-year-old woman.

The case has been accepted by the Chinese People's Court of Yanta District, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, his lawyer, Lan He, said.

"After a long time of tolerance, Mr. Yao literally resorted to the law to defend the dignity of his family and himself," Lan said.

Yao Qingwei said earlier that Zhang stirred public anger to influence the media and the court trial of his son by spreading rumors that Yao's family was related to powerful officials and wealthy business people.

In response to being sued, Zhang Xian said he was clearly aware of what Yao Jiaxin did and he deserved the death penalty whether he represented the murder victim or if the murder victim would have been represented by another attorney.

The case sparked public outrage when it was reported that a 21 year old from the Xi'an Conservatory of Music, was arrested for a murder hit-and-run.

The young woman, Zhang Miao, suffered minor injuries after being knocked from her bicycle by Yao Jiaxin.

Instead of helping the injured woman, Yao stabbed her eight times when he saw her looking at his license plate number, and fled the scene.

The incident also puts the young and rich Chinese under the microscope. Yao said that he fled the scene because he feared the peasant woman would be hard to deal with. He was sentenced to death on June 7.