Charlottesville car attacker's trial to start Monday

9 month ago

The man accused of ramming a car into a crowd of protesters against neo-Nazi and white nationalist groupsin Charlottesville, Virginia last year is set to be tried starting Monday for the killing of Heather Heyer.

James Alex Fields, a 21-year-old, faces a first-degree murder charge, multiple charges of malicious wounding and assault and separate federal hate crime charges. The jury selection for his trial is scheduled to begin on Monday and last two or three days.

The attack's victim, Heather Heyer was a 32-year-old paralegal and one of the local residents who protested during a white supremacist rally, dozens of other protesters were injured, many seriously.

Fields idolized Hitler and Nazism, his white supremacist views were a "known issue" for his high school teachers.