Charlottesville killer guilty of 1st degree murder


And many also wore red Make America Great Again hats, saying they were encouraged in the public display of their beliefs by U.S. President Donald Trump, who later that week would say that there were "very fine people" on both sides of the demonstration.

She banged her head as Fields drove into her auto, and blacked out.

But Fields' lawyers told the jury that he drove into the crowd on the day of the rally because he feared for his life and was "scared to death" by earlier violence he had witnessed.

White nationalist Richard Spencer says the first-degree-murder conviction of the man who drove his auto into counterprotesters after a white nationalist rally in August 2017 is a "miscarriage of justice".

However, prosecutors showed an image of a vehicle driving into people that Fields posted to Instagram before the rally as well as surveillance of Fields driving slowly towards the crowd then backing up and speeding into them. In her final address to the jury Thursday, Senior-Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Nina-Alice Antony showed a close-up of Fields in his auto to rebut the idea that he was frightened when he acted.

"His Instagram posts tell you exactly what he thinks of the type of people who take to the streets to protest", Antony said.

"That is the face of anger, of hatred". He also argued that he showed remorse. One image he shared showed a group of people getting struck by a auto.

She never saw Fields during times when bottles were being thrown, she told the court.

In order to build their case of a pre-meditated attack, prosecutors presented a text Fields sent to his mother before departing for the rally after she had asked him to be careful. He included an attachment: a meme showing Adolf Hitler.

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Since the rally, descendants of prominent Confederate figures Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson said they want monuments of the men to be removed.

Earlier in the day, he was hit with something that could have been urine, she said.

Twenty minutes later, Fields plowed into the crowd. She suffered severe injuries, including a broken pelvis.

"I felt really comfortable with them", she said. Fields faces charges of second-degree murder, malicious woundings and leaving the scene of an accident.

And the guilty verdict does not bring an end to this city's misery. "Stonewall" Jackson from downtown parks.

"They will not replace us!"

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. "This trial acutely and minutely relived that weekend, so that has been very hard for many folks".

A handful of Charlottesville residents filed a civil lawsuit against the organizers of the rally under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871.