Neo-Nazi Convicted of Murder for Running over Charlottesville Protester

Neo-Nazi convicted of murder over Charlottesville rampage, faces life term

Charlottesville: White nationalist found guilty of murder for driving car into counterprotester

James Fields, 21, of OH, claimed he was acting in self-defence when he killed Heather Heyer, 32, and injured dozens of others taking part in a demonstration opposing a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August.

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 vehicle.

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 faces life in prison.

In this courtroom sketch James Alex Fields Jr., center, sits with his attorneys during the second day of jury selection in his trial in Charlottesville General District Court in Charlottesville, Va., Nov. 27, 2018.

Neo-Nazi convicted of murder over Charlottesville rampage, faces life term
Charlottesville: James Alex Fields guilty of first-degree murder

Prosecutors claimed that Fields drove his vehicle directly into them at the "Unite the Right" rally.

According to a report in local media, Dixon admitted to writing a now-deleted Facebook post in January saying he "shooed" away Fields while holding a rifle sometime before the fatal auto ramming.

Fields has separately been indicted on federal hate crime charges, which allow for the death penalty. He has pleaded not guilty in that case as well. The white supremacist group participated in the rally, but it later denied he was associated with them. Hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis and other white nationalists - emboldened by the election of President Donald Trump - streamed into the college town for one of the largest gatherings of white supremacists in a decade.

While the fact that Fields had struck the protesters in his Dodge Challenger was not contested, his lawyers and prosecutors had offered contrasting narratives over his state of mind and intentions on that day.

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During the trial, prosecutors provided evidence that Fields showed little remorse for the murder in a call he made to his mother in December 2017.

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

"It doesn't f-- matter", Fields said, according to ABC affiliate WVAW.

While Fields isn't scheduled to be sentenced until next week, news of his conviction was widely celebrated by anti-racist activists and many others as "a small measure of justice for Heather Heyer".

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The jury was also shown texts that Fields sent his mother up to and during the rally. "We're not the one who need to be careful", Fields replied in a misspelled text message on August 11, 2017.

In a statement released after the verdicts were announced, officials from the Anti-Defamation League said that "Fields traveled to Charlottesville to participate in an event celebrating racism and anti-Semitism, and his violent actions were a devastating reminder of the consequences of unchecked hate".

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