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.