CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Charges have been upgraded to first-degree murder against the former Northern Kentucky resident accused of ramming his car into a crowd and killing a women in Charlottesville last June.
The new charge means police believe James Fields planned the attack that killed for Heather Heyer, who was among the counterprotesters demonstrating against a white supremacist march.
Police say Fields, who attended Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Kentucky, injured more than a dozen others when he drove his car into the counterprotesters.
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Fields was among hundreds of white supremacist and Neo-Nazi protesters who arrived in Charlottesville for a “Unite the Right” rally ostensibly meant to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate leader Robert E. Lee.
As they marched through the college town’s streets, bearing torches and weapons and shouting Nazi slogans such as “Blood and soil!”, counterprotesters opposed them. Photographers captured Fields at the rally carrying a shield with the logo of white supremacist organization Vanguard America.
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