United States white nationalist convicted of murder in deadly Charlottesville auto assault

A woman receives first-aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville Virginia

A woman receives first-aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville Virginia

Prior to deliberations, the defense requested the jury to find Fields guilty of lesser crimes, specifically naming involuntary manslaughter and unlawful wounding. Calhoun said counterprotesters didn't attack them or throw anything at them.

Defense attorney Denise Lunsford urged the jury to consider the chaos of the day, including the use of tear gas and a series of street fights between white nationalists, Antifa activists and counter-protesters.

James Alex Fields Jr.is pictured in an undated photo released by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. In it, Fields said that he was defending himself from "a violent mob of terrorists".

"I saw Heather Heyer up in the air and remember thinking to myself, 'That's what someone's eyes look like when they are dead'".

Antony also referenced a text message sent by Fields the day before the rally after his mother told him to be careful.

Fields' conviction followed six days of testimony in Charlottesville Circuit Court, where Heyer's deadly injuries were detailed and survivors of the crash described the chaos and their own injuries. "We're not the one [s] who need to be careful", he replied in a message that also included a photo of Adolf Hitler. 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.

However, prosecutors showed an image of a vehicle driving into people that Fields posted to Instagram before the rally as well as surveillance of Fields driving slowly towards the crowd then backing up and speeding into them. One image he shared showed a group of people getting struck by a vehicle.

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Earlier in the day, he was hit with something that could have been urine, she said.

"I don't even know how to feel about it", she said before the verdict came down.

April Muñiz, 50, was on Fourth Street when Fields drove into the crowd.

He has also been charged with federal hate crime counts, which could carry the death penalty.

Al Bowie, who was injured in the attack, told reporters that she was ecstatic.

Fields had driven to Charlottesville from his home in OH to take part in the "Unite the Right" demonstration, which saw hundreds of neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan members march through the university town to protest the removal of a statue of a Confederate War general. "This trial acutely and minutely relived that weekend, so that has been very hard for many folks".

Jeanne "Star" Peterson told the court she was fast on her feet till her right leg was run over by Fields's auto. And the fate of the two Confederate statues - the original spark for the violence of 2017 - is scheduled to be decided in a court here in January.

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