Charlottesville Killer James Alex Fields Now Faces First-Degree Murder Charge

James Alex Fields, the Ohio man who drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville this summer, now faces a first-degree murder charge for the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

A Charlottesville district court Judge announced the new, upgraded charge at a hearing yesterday. Many of Heyer's family, friends and supporters were in attendance. 

Fields has said that he drove to Charlottesville by himself from Ohio and wanted to hear a speaker at the rally — he was revealed to have had Nazi sympathies in high school.

The "Unite the Right" rally was organized by white nationalists after the city of Charlottesville decided to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a popular city park.

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Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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