White nationalist guilty of murder at Charlottesville march

White nationalist guilty of murder at Charlottesville march

White nationalist guilty of murder at Charlottesville march

A jury also found Fields guilty of five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three counts of malicious wounding, and one hit and run count for injuring dozens of people at the demonstration.

During the trial, prosecutors introduced evidence that Mr. Fields meant to commit harm when he drove from OH to attend the rally, which featured neo-Nazis bearing swastikas and Ku Klux Klan members.

The prosecution played videos that showed Fields stop his auto and reverse up a hill before commencing his deadly assault on a crowd of counter-protesters who were singing and celebrating after city officials had ordered the far right to leave.

But Fields' lawyer said he panicked and was "scared to death" after witnessing violent clashes earlier in the day. The violence prompted police to shut down the rally before it even officially began.

Fields, 21, drove into the crowd at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer and left many others injured.

Some relatives of the victims, who had taken their seats behind the prosecution on the right hand side of the Charlottesville Circuit Court throughout the trial, sobbed quietly as the verdict was read out.

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"They will not replace us!" The white supremacist group participated in the rally, but it later denied he was associated with them.

"I'm very happy with the verdict", she said outside the courthouse.

Jeanne "Star" Peterson told the court she used to be fast on her feet until her right leg was shattered by Fields' auto, and only recently learned to walk again unassisted. I have a right to speak.

Fields drove from his home in Maumee, Ohio to support the white nationalists, who were rallying to oppose the planned removal from a public park of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee. Some dressed in battle gear.

President Donald Trump became part of the conversation when on the day of the rally he denounced "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", but in that moment didn't specifically mention the white supremacists who staged the event.

The defendant was known in high school for being fascinated with Nazism and Hitler, a former teacher said.

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"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.

After his arrest, Fields made a recorded phone call to his mother calling Heyers' mother a "communist" and "one of those anti-white supremacists".

Antony reminded the jury of a meme Fields posted three months earlier on Instagram.

Prosecutors, though, said Fields was enraged when he drove more than 500 miles from his apartment in OH to take part in the rally - and later chose to act on that anger by ramming his two-door muscle auto into the crowd.

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.

"This is the best I've been in a year and a half", Bowie said. The jury is set to return on Monday to determine his sentence.

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He faces between 20 years to life in prison. He also faces 30 charges in a separate federal case over the same attack.

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