Car ram­mer guilty of mur­der at protest

The Sunday Times - - WORLD -

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

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