James Fields Convicted of 1st Degree Murder

James Fields Convicted of 1st Degree Murder

An avowed supporter of neo-Nazi beliefs who took part in the violent and chaotic white supremacist "Unite the Right" rally in this city past year was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder for killing a woman by ramming his auto through a crowd of counterprotesters.

Fields was also found guilty of eight counts of malicious wounding of various degrees, and a count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Fields has separately been indicted on federal hate crime charges, which allow for the death penalty.

They described Fields "idling, watching" in his Challenger on Fourth Street and surveying a diverse and joyous crowd of marchers a block and a half away that was celebrating the cancellation of the planned rally.

An American neo-Nazi was found guilty of murder on Friday for killing a woman when ramming his auto into counter-protesters at a 2017 white supremacist rally that made Charlottesville a byword for racial violence under President Donald Trump.

Witnesses described him stopping his vehicle and reversing before speeding at the crowd of people, who had gathered for the counter-protest. The white supremacist group was protesting the proposed removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general.

US President Donald Trump was strongly condemned by fellow Republicans as well as Democrats for saying afterward that "both sides" were to blame for the violence.

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Hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis and other white nationalists, some dressed in battle gear, came to Charlottesville for one of the largest gatherings of white supremacists in a decade. She also made reference to a text message that he sent a day before the rally.

Fields referred to Heyer's mother in a recorded jailhouse phone call as a "communist" and "one of those anti-white supremacists".

"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. And during the trial, Antony brought out a meme Fields posted on social media three months earlier depicting protestors' bodies flailing about after a auto plows into them.

Sentencing will begin from Monday, with jurors given the option to recommend between 20 years and life for the murder conviction.

Prosecutors said Fields, who espoused white supremacist beliefs and took part in the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, had hate and violence on his mind when he plowed his auto into the crowd. A video of Fields being interrogated after the crash showed him sobbing and hyperventilating after he was told a woman had died and others were seriously injured.

A jury of seven women and five men reached their verdict near the end of the first day of deliberations of a trial that lasted a little under two weeks. No trial has been scheduled yet.

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