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White nationalist convicted of murdering counterprotester in Charlottesville, Virginia

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White nationalist convicted of murdering counterprotester in Charlottesville, Virginia

By Gary Robertson

 

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FILE PHOTO: James Alex Fields Jr., attends the "Unite the Right" rally in Emancipation Park, before being arrested by police and charged with charged with one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death after police say he drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters later in the afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Eze Amos/File Photo

 

Charlottesville, Va. (Reuters) - A white nationalist who drove his car into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, killing one of the counterdemonstrators, was found guilty on Friday of first-degree murder and nine other counts.

 

The jury deliberated for about seven hours before convicting James Fields, 21, of all charges stemming from the deadly attack that occurred after police had declared an unlawful assembly and cleared a city park of white supremacists gathered for the "Unite the Right" rally.

 

Fields, who did not take the witness stand to defend himself, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. The 12 members of the mostly white jury - seven women and five men - were to return to court on Monday for the start of the penalty phase of the trial.

 

Defense attorneys never disputed that Fields was behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger that sent bodies flying when it crashed into a crowd on Aug. 12, 2017, killing counterprotester Heather Heyer, 32 and injuring 19 others.

 

Instead, Fields' lawyers suggested he felt intimidated by a hostile crowd and acted to protect himself.

 

Prosecutors said Field was motivated by hatred and had come to the rally to harm others.

 

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.

 

The night before, the "Unite the Right" protesters had staged a torchlit march through the nearby University of Virginia campus, chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans.

 

Republican U.S. 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.

 

Fields was photographed hours before last year's attack carrying a shield with the emblem of a far-right hate group, and people who knew him in high school have said he expressed Nazi sympathies as a student.

 

Fields also faces separate federal hate crime charges, which carry a potential death sentence. He has pleaded not guilty in that case as well.

 

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2018-12-08
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Good.

 

String him up.

 

Hopefully they have already taken the AR-15 (every American's birthright) off him.

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What is that white design on the shield? Battle axe and rolling pin combo? Seems more suited to "the fairer sex"

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38 minutes ago, TopDeadSenter said:

There are real concerns over this conviction.

7 women on the jury, he was going down right from the start.

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20 hours ago, Emster23 said:

What is that white design on the shield? Battle axe and rolling pin combo?

 

It's the fasces, the symbol from the flag of the National Fascist Party. It was earlier used as the the symbol of Italian Fascism.

 

 

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