James Alex Fields, who is accused of killing a woman when he barreled into a crowd of counter-protesters with his car during the riots in Charlottesville, Va., has been charged with first-degree murder.
Heather Heyer was killed when Fields drove his Dodge Charger into the protesters, who were there to speak against what they considered to be a white supremacist rally, in August of this year. Dozens of others were also injured in the brutal assault (video below).
According to The New York Times, prosecutors increased the top charge against him on Thursday. A judge ruled that the case could proceed and that there was probable cause to pursue nine lesser felony counts against Fields.
The Times reported:
The prosecution played two graphic videos of the attack that had never before been seen in public; people in the gallery watched, transfixed, and some victims — two were on crutches — bowed their heads and dabbed their eyes.
One video, taken from a police helicopter, showed a car plowing into the pedestrians, drawing a string of profanities from the officers in the aircraft.
“Did you see that?” one asks. “I can’t believe he did that.”
The other video, taken from a restaurant near the scene of the attack, the Red Pump Kitchen, showed a string of vehicles heading south on 4th Street, and then the Challenger zooming past.
The surveillance footage, as well as other evidence presented by prosecutors, was used to back the new charge, according to reports.
Looking through old Charlottesville footage, found multiple shots of James Alex Fields, a few hours before he killed Heather Heyer.
He was chanting “Build the wall!” and “Commie scum, off our streets!” Always placid, hands clasped. pic.twitter.com/SBFrkjHGso
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) November 10, 2017
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