White Supremacist Who Drove His Car Into Charlottesville Crowd Convicted Of Murder

White Supremacist Who Drove His Car Into Charlottesville Crowd Convicted Of Murder

Neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. was found guilty on 10 charges including first-degree murder Friday after plowing his vehicle into protesters during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, killing Heather Heyer.

Spencer told The Associated Press that he was not "shocked" but was "appalled" by the verdict the jury delivered against James Alex Fields Jr. late Friday afternoon.

He is eligible for the death penalty if convicted of separate federal hate crime charges.

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.

He will be sentenced Monday morning and faces up to life in prison. As reported by NPR, Fields was hit with first-degree murder, along with multiple counts of aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding and leaving the scene of an accident.

Fields ― a 21-year-old extremist associated with the hate group Vanguard America ― faced charges of first-degree murder and other felonies over the attack, in which he intentionally sped into protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally on August 12, killing one and injuring dozens more.

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. The trial surfaced painful memories and emotions for many in this small city who were in the streets that day or have friends and acquaintances who were injured.

"I'm very happy with the verdict", she said outside the courthouse. "We just don't", she said.

The defence for its part described a chaotic day in which several "Unite the Right" members and their opponents, some from the far left Antifa, had come armed with guns.

Fields had driven overnight from his hometown Maumee, Ohio, to support the "Unite the Right" rally to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, the top general of the pro-slavery Confederacy during the 1861-1865 American Civil War.

Jurors also saw a text exchange shortly before the rally in which Fields told his mother he was planning to attend, and she told him to be careful.

Earlier in the week they presented jurors a SMS message Fields sent to his mother before departing for the rally after she had asked him to be careful.

One of Fields' former teachers said he was known in high school for being fascinated with Nazism and idolising Adolf Hitler.

It was a revised version of slurs shouted by white-supremacist-rally participants in 2017 who yelled "Jews will not replace us". "This is the best I have been in a year and a half".

After a week of testimony, a jury found that Fields deliberately rammed his auto into the crowd after the rally, which was organized in part to protest the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue. No trial has been scheduled yet.