'Serial' victim's family on new trial: 'We continue to believe justice was done'

The family of Hae Min Lee has released a statement following news of a new trial for Adnan Syed, who was convicted of her killing in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison. (WBFF file)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- The family of Hae Min Lee has released a statement following news of a new trial for Adnan Syed, who was convicted of her killing in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison.

The case gained worldwide attention when it became the subject of the "Serial" podcast, which raised questions over when Syed, Lee's ex-boyfriend and fellow classmate at Woodlawn High School, received a fair trial.

The statement, released by the Office of the Attorney General, reads;

We do not speak as often or as loudly as those who support Adnan Syed, but we care just as much about this case. We continue to grieve. We continue to believe justice was done when Mr. Syed was convicted of killing Hae. While we continue to put our faith in the courts and hope the decision will be reversed, we are very disappointed by the Judge's decision. We remain thankful to the many many people who have expressed their support for us, and to the State for standing by the true victims and for giving Hae Min Lee a voice. We thank you for respecting our privacy.

Syed was 17-years-old at the time of the murder. His legal team has since questioned the reliability of cell phone records jurors viewed during deliberations, which prosecutors used to link Syed to the park where Lee's body was found.

A Baltimore judge on Thursday ordered a new trial for Syed and vacated his conviction.

Lawyers say they will look into whether Syed can be released on bail.


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