A white nationalist who killed a woman when he drove into a crowd protesting against a far-right rally has been convicted of murder.
Sending love to all of my friends in Charlottesville as white supremacist Trump supporter James Alex Fields, Jr is found guilty of First Degree murder and 9 other felonies for deliberately running over Heather Heyer & others with his auto.
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, 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.
Prosecutors told the court that Fields attacked the protesters after he witnessed earlier clashes between them and other white nationalists earlier in the day. The white supremacist group participated in the rally, but it later denied he was associated with them. Now, she finds it hard to walk unassisted.
Charlottesville civil rights activist Tanesha Hudson said she sees the guilty verdict as the city's way of saying, "We will not tolerate this in our city".
A Virginia jury on Friday convicted James Alex Fields Jr of first-degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"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'". His mother replied by telling him to be careful to which Fields shot back, "we're not the one (sic) who need to be careful".
James Alex Fields his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville past year tied to the defense of Confederate monuments.
In this handout provided by Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio poses for a mugshot after he allegedly drove his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters killing one and injuring 35 on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. "It was awesome. It was a 'wow factor'".
"He wasn't angry, he was scared", Lunsford told the jury in her closing argument.
Fields's defence team did not contest that he was behind the wheel of the gray Dodge Challenger when it struck activists who had descended upon the Virginia city to counter a "Unite the Right" rally.
Among the witnesses they called was Dwayne Dixon, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor.
Before the fatal incident, Fields was photographed holding a shield that had the Vanguard America emblem. "Every last one of them must be held accountable".
But prosecutor Nina Antony countered that taped phone calls from jail showed that Fields lacked empathy with his victims, calling Heyer's mother Susan Bro an "anti-white communist".