The self-professed neo-Nazi accused of barreling a automotive by means of a crowd of individuals protesting a white supremacist rally that killed one lady in Charlottesville over the summer time is now being charged with first-diploma homicide.
James Alex Fields Jr. made his first prolonged courtroom look in Charlottesville on Thursday the place the cost was introduced, based on CBS19.
He’s been behind bars because the violent “Unite the Proper” rally which killed 32-yr-previous Heather Heyer, a paralegal peacefully protesting the Aug. 12 occasion.
The Ohio 20-yr-previous was charged with second-diploma homicide, malicious wounding and felonious assault for allegedly driving into demonstrators and inflicting the lethal crash, which left one other 19 injured.
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Fields traveled from Maumee to the Charlottesville rally — organized by totally different teams of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and white nationalists working beneath the umbrella of the alt-proper — to hitch these protesting the town’s plans to take away a statue of Accomplice Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park.
After a collection of smaller rallies — together with a march on the College of Virginia, which additionally included tiki torches — scores of white nationalists and people protesting their messages of racism clashed in Downtown Charlottesville. Regulation enforcement officers have been unable to interrupt up the crowds and ultimately pressured them to disband.
Whereas counter-protesters have been marching peacefully later within the day, a automotive tore by means of the gang. Video captured the second the car ripped via the gathered demonstrators, after which reverse to hit much more individuals.
Forward of the assault, Fields was photographed holding a defend with an emblem for Vanguard America, one of many hate teams that organized the rally.
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His mom stated she was conscious he was attending the summer time rally, however didn’t comprehend it was a white supremacist occasion.
Richard Wilson Preston, Alex Michael Ramos, and Jacob Scott Goodwin additionally appeared earlier than the decide Thursday.