Charlottesville trial: Suspect was in a panic, sobbing after learning he killed someone

9 month ago

James Fields, the white nationalist who drove his car into a crowd at a Virginia rally in August 2017, was sobbing when arrested by police and told he killed activist Heather Heyer.

That was recorded in a video footage played to the jury on Tuesday at his trial. Fields could be heard on the footage asking about the extent of the injuries he caused. A detective then tells him "there were people with injuries, one had passed away," to which the suspect started sobbing, whimpering and gasping for breath.

On Tuesday, prosecutors were allowed to show a cellphone text message exchange between Fields and his mom, telling her he will attend the rally. "Be careful," she said and he responded "we're not the ones who need to be careful" attached to an image of Adolf Hitler.