Man who drove into woman at Va. rally con­victed of mur­der

The Arizona Republic - - America’s Markets -

A man who drove his car into a crowd of coun­ter­protesters at a white na­tion­al­ist rally in Char­lottes­ville, Vir­ginia, was con­victed Fri­day of first-de­gree mur­der in the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old para­le­gal.

A state jury re­jected ar­gu­ments that James Alex Fields Jr. acted in self-de­fense dur­ing a “Unite the Right” rally in Char­lottes­ville on Aug. 12, 2017. Jurors also con­victed Fields of eight other charges, in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated ma­li­cious wound­ing and hit and run.

The jury will re­con­vene Mon­day to de­ter­mine a sen­tence for Fields, 21.

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