Man who ran over Charlottesville protester guilty of murder

Neo-nazi guilty of murder over Charlottesville riots

James Alex Fields Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Violent Charlottesville Rally That Killed 1, Injured Others

In addition to first-degree murder, which carries a possible life sentence, James Alex Fields Jr was found guilty of five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three of malicious wounding, and one hit-and-run count.

Among other evidence in the case, jurors saw Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, marching and chanting with white nationalists, a meme Fields had posted months earlier of a vehicle plowing into a crowd, and a text message he sent his mother the day before the auto attack that included a photo of Adolf Hitler.

"What we have is a man who had a decision, and he decides to turn his Instagram post into reality", she said.

He had just left the company of people he was with earlier and felt vulnerable by himself, Lunsford said.

"I am feeling the best I have felt in nearly a year and a half", Wednesday "Al" Bowie, one of the survivors of the attack whose pelvis was shattered in six places, told AFP.

Jury deliberations began on Thursday night, after Charlottesville prosecutors' closing arguments.

A state jury rejected defence arguments that James Alex Fields Jr. acted in self-defence during a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.

Prosecutors also showed jurors a meme Fields posted on Instagram three months before the rally in which bodies are shown being thrown into the air after a auto hits a crowd of people identified as protesters.

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The prosecution had called multiple witnesses and victims who recounted what in some cases turned out to be life-altering injuries.

While walking with other rallygoers, however, Fields allegedly yelled back at a counterprotester who shouted something along of the lines of "Get out of our town", according to Matthews.

Wednesday, fellow protesters testified that Fields asked them to lunch shortly before ramming his auto into a throng of people.

April Muñiz, 50, was on Fourth Street when Fields drove into the crowd.

Though Fields' trial has been the most extensively covered, there are more trials and lawsuits to come, including one against Jason Kessler, a city resident and one of the rally's organizers.

Calhoun testified that Fields was calm and seemed exhausted. "I thought they were attacking me".

Some of the most controversial evidence that was shared as part of the nine-day trial were recorded jailhouse conversations Fields had with his mother after his arrest.

While the fact 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 that day. "Fields is the face of violent white supremacy in our country", she said. She testified she and Calhoun were approached by Fields and another man, who suggested they travel together as there is safety in numbers. She added that Fields "didn't seem angry" and "seemed normal".

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