Nazi Driver Guilty Of First Degree Murder

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2018

James Alex Fields Jr. - the man accused of driving a vehicle into a crowd of people during the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in downtown Charlottesville in August 2017, killing one and injuring dozens more - was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder, five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, one count of hit and run and three counts of malicious wounding.

A state jury delivered a guilty verdict for James Alex Fields Jr. late Friday, rejecting his claims that he acted in self-defense during a "United the Right" rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.

Separately, Fields also faces dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes, which could result in the death penalty.

The jury had the option of convicting Fields on lesser charges, but found he maliciously, willfully and deliberately drove into the crowd near 4th and Water streets.

Fields, who drove from OH to Virginia to support white nationalist demonstrators, faces up to life in prison at sentencing on Monday.

In addition to first-degree murder, which carries a possible life sentence, James Alex Fields Jr was found guilty of five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three of malicious wounding, and one hit-and-run count.

Fields, 21, drove to Virginia from his home in Maumee, Ohio, to support the white nationalists.

Defence attorneys never disputed that Fields was behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger that sent bodies flying when it crashed into a crowd on 12 August past year, killing counter-protester Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 others.

Prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony described Fields as a hate-filled man who idled his auto for three minutes before backing up and speeding his vehicle into the crowd, Fox News reported.

Charlottesville civil rights activist Tanesha Hudson said she sees the guilty verdict as the city's way of saying, "We will not tolerate this in our city".

Earlier in the day, he was hit with something that could have been urine, she said.

"We're not the one who need to be careful" he replied, alongside a photo of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, whom he has long admired.

Remember that Unite the Right rally that went down in Charlottesville past year? The white supremacist group was protesting the proposed removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general. "She's the enemy", Fields apparently said of Heyer's mother.

Three months before the incident, Fields also posted a meme on Instagram, showing an image of a crowd of people being hit by a vehicle. In a text message exchange with his mother before the rally, Mr. Fields was told to "be careful".

Fields, a resident of Maumee, Ohio, was photographed hours before the auto attack carrying a shield with the emblem of a far-right hate group. No trial has been scheduled yet.

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