Car rammer guilty of murder at protest
A MAN who drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year has been convicted of first-degree murder, a verdict that community leaders and civil rights activists hope will help heal a community still scarred by the violence and the racial and political tensions it inflamed nationwide.
A State jury rejected defence arguments that James Alex Fields Jr acted in selfdefence during a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.
Fields, 21, drove to Virginia from his home in Maumee, Ohio, to support the white nationalists.
As counter-protesters marched through Charlottesville, he stopped his car, backed up, then sped into the crowd, according to testimony from witnesses and video surveillance shown to jurors.
Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and nearly three dozen others were injured.
Justice: Heather Heyer’s mum Susan Bro, right, at court. Picture: AP Photo/Steve Helber