Charlottesville killer James Fields convicted of first-degree murderDecember 8, 2018
A neo-Nazi who drove his car into a group of protesters, killing one, during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was found guilty of murder on Friday.
James Alex Fields, 21, has been convicted of killing activist Heather Heyer when he plowed his Dodge Challenger into her and others during the “Unite the Right” rally in 2017.
Fields is an avowed supporter of neo-Nazi beliefs.
A jury found that Fields acted with premeditation on Aug. 12, 2017, when he backed up his car before barreling down a narrow street crowded with counterprotesters.
He slammed his car into the group, killing the 32-year-old Heyer and injuring 35 others.
The deadly attack came hours after a group of white supremacists, some wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats, descended on the University of Virginia campus holding tiki torches and shouting “Jews will not replace us.”
In response to the violence, President Trump said there was “blame on both sides.”
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