Trial set to begin in deadly white nationalist rally
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year is headed to trial.
James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly driving his car into a crowd of people protesting against white nationalists. A 32-year-old woman was killed and dozens more were injured.
Fields’ trial is scheduled to begin Monday.
The “Unite the Right” rally was organized in part to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The event drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville.
A former teacher said Fields was fascinated by Nazism and admired Adolf Hitler.
Few in Charlottesville think Fields’ trial will heal the community’s wounds or the national’s racial divide.