Murder Trial for Alleged Charlottesville Car Attacker to Begin
The man who allegedly killed a woman and injured dozens when he rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters during a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year is set to go to trial Monday. James Alex Fields, a 21-year-old white man who was seen marching with the neo-Nazi group Vanguard America, faces a first-degree murder charge, multiple charges of malicious wounding and assault, and separate federal hate-crime charges. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, was a local resident who protested against the neo-Nazi rally in her town. She was fatally injured in the attack. As a high-school student in Ohio, Fields reportedly idolized Adolf Hitler and his white-supremacist views were a “known issue,” according to one of his teachers who spoke shortly after the alleged attack. Jury selection for the Charlottesville trial is scheduled to begin Monday.