Charlottesville Jury Convicts 'Unite The Right' Protester Who Killed Woman

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 car into a crowd of counter-protesters killing one and injuring 35

An American neo-Nazi was found guilty of murder on Friday for killing a woman when ramming his auto into counter-protesters at a 2017 white supremacist rally that made Charlottesville a byword for racial violence under President Donald Trump.

Fields was convicted of all the charges against him, including eight separate counts of aggravated malicious wounding and malicious wounding, and one count of leaving the scene of a crash that caused serious injuries.

During the trial, prosecutors introduced evidence that Mr. Fields meant to commit harm when he drove from OH to attend the rally, which featured neo-Nazis bearing swastikas and Ku Klux Klan members.

They showed video and presented witnesses testifying that there was no one around Fields' vehicle when he slowly backed it up the street and then raced it forward down the hill into the unsuspecting crowd.

Prosecutors told the jury that Fields was angry after witnessing violent clashes between the two sides earlier in the day.

Jury deliberations began briefly Thursday evening.

Earlier in the week they presented jurors a SMS message Fields sent to his mother before departing for the rally after she had asked him to be careful. She left the courthouse without commenting.

Some relatives of the victims, who had taken their seats behind the prosecution on the right hand side of the Charlottesville Circuit Court throughout the trial, sobbed quietly as the verdict was read out.

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The rally brought out thousands of supporters of the alt-right, a loosely-knit coalition of white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy said he hopes the verdict "allows our community to take another step toward healing and moving forward".

"I'm very happy with the verdict", she said outside the courthouse.

"We don't stand for this type of hate". "Fields is the face of violent white supremacy in our country", she said.

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.

"There does not seem to be any reasonable evidence put forward that he engaged in murderous intent", Spencer said.

Fields was participating the Unite the Right rally on the day of the attack. I have a right to speak. The white supremacist group was protesting the proposed removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general.

Four other men from California described by prosecutors as members of a militant white supremacist group, Rise Above Movement, were arrested in October on federal charges of instigating violence during the Charlottesville rallies. Some dressed in battle gear.

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