Charlottesville car-rammer James Alex Fields jnr found guilty

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 8, 2018

Over the course of the trial prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony depicted Fields as an angry white nationalist who acted with hate and violence on August 12, 2017 when he sped into unsuspecting counterdemonstrators after the Unite the Right rally was shut down by authorities.

His attorney, John Hill, argued that Fields panicked and drove his auto into the group after hours of brawls breaking out in the streets between protesters and counter-protesters. His sentencing is expected to begin Monday, and he could be serving life in prison.

Lunsford said Fields only drove into the crowd out of fear after finding himself alone and unprotected.

Jurors convicted Fields of eight other charges, including aggravated malicious wounding and hit and run.

But Fields' lawyer said he panicked and was "scared to death" after witnessing violent clashes earlier in the day.

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.

Remember that Unite the Right rally that went down in Charlottesville past year? She testified she and Calhoun were approached by Fields and another man, who suggested they travel together as there is safety in numbers.

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The 10 charges Fields, 21, faced in this trial in the Charlottesville City Circuit Court are separate from the 30 federal charges he faces that relate to hate crimes.

The car-ramming incident capped a day of tensions and physical clashes between hundreds of white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis who had assembled in Charlottesville to protest plans to remove statues of two Confederate generals, and groups of opposing demonstrators.

US President Donald Trump was strongly condemned by fellow Republicans as well as Democrats for saying afterward that "both sides" were to blame for the violence.

Earlier in the trial, a recording of a jailhouse phone call that Fields had with his mother in March was played in court.

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.

"We're not the one (sic) who need to be careful", he replied, alongside a photo of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, whom he has long admired.

Prosecutors portrayed Fields as an angry white supremacist motivated by hate as he plowed into the crowd, showing a text message he sent containing an image of Adolf Hitler and a meme posted on Instagram showing bodies tossed into the air after a vehicle plows into a crowd identified as "protesters". A video of Fields being interrogated after the crash showed him sobbing and hyperventilating after he was told a woman had died and others were seriously injured. "We're not the one who need to be careful", Fields replied in a misspelled text message on August 11, 2017.

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