A jury has found 21-year-old James Alex Fields Jr guilty of first-degree murder for intentionally driving his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one woman and injuring dozens.
A state jury rejected defense arguments that James Alex Fields Jr. acted in self-defense during a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.
Charlottesville police detective Steven Young testified during a pretrial hearing previous year that authorities arrested Fields shortly after the auto crash and that he began crying when they informed him that a woman was killed. Hill described Fields as being "scared to death" and claimed he feared bodily harm after the violent clashes erupted between participants of the Unite the Right rally and anti-racist counterprotesters.
Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy says he hopes the guilty verdict will allow the city to move forward and to eventually heal.
Instead, the Commonwealth's team, made up of Commonwealth's Attorney Joseph Platania and Senior Assistant Nina Antony, focused on why Fields drove his auto into the crowd.
The Virginia jury rejected arguments from Fields' lawyer that he acted in self defense.
He faces six potential life sentences for the murder conviction when sentencing begins Monday.
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.
The commonwealth argued that Fields meant to harm the counterprotesters.
A taped phone call from jail between Fields and his mother was also played for the court. "She's the enemy", Fields apparently said of Heyer's mother. At the time, a group of white nationalists, which included neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members, descended onto Charlottesville, spurred by the city's plans to remove a Confederate statue from a downtown park.
In response to the violence, President Trump said there was "blame on both sides". "Fields is the face of violent white supremacy in our country", she said. Prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony pointed out that Fields, who a former teacher said was fascinated by Nazism and Adolf Hitler, twice posted on Instagram before the rally an image of a group of people getting struck by a auto.
Some of the most controversial evidence that was shared as part of the nine-day trial were recorded jailhouse conversations Fields had with his mother after his arrest. On the day of the rally in 2017, his mother texted him to be careful.
"I felt really comfortable with them", she said.
In addition, Fields - who a former teacher said was fascinated by Nazism and Adolf Hitler - was charged with 30 federal hate crimes. The jury is expected to hear victim impact statements and make sentencing recommendations next week.
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