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James Fields Jr. Faces Upgraded Murder Charge in Charlottesville Death

James Fields Jr. Faces Upgraded Murder Charge in Charlottesville Death

This photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows James Alex Fields Jr. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP)

By    |   Friday, 15 December 2017 11:47 AM

James Fields Jr. is facing a first-degree murder charge in a car attack during the "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 that killed Heather Heyer, The Charlottesville Daily Progress reported.

Judge Robert H. Downer Jr., in Charlottesville General District Court, certified 10 charges against Fields Thursday, including first-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, three counts of aggravated malicious wounding, two counts of felonious assault and hit and run, the newspaper stated.

Fields was initially charged with second-degree murder, but the charge was upgraded to first-degree murder as it goes to a grand jury for possible indictments, CNN reported.

Fields, 20, is accused of driving a Dodge into a crowd of counter-protesters, where Heyer, 32, was killed. Charlottesville Police Det. Steven Young told the court that police helicopters followed the vehicle until police units were able to stop it.

Young testified that Fields allegedly told him that he was "sorry" for the incident and began to cry when he was told that someone died, the Daily Progress wrote. The detective said that he knows of 36 victims injured in the attack, including Heyer, CNN noted.

Fields drove from his home in Maumee, Ohio, to take part in the "United The Right" rally, an event that drew white nationalists and other far right groups who objected to Charlottesville removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, CNN wrote.

Police said that video caught the vehicle Fields' allegedly was driving stopping a little more than a block away from the counter-protesters, reversing and driving into the crowd and speeding way in reverse, CNN reported.

Fields could not be seen driving the vehicle in the videos, but was seen getting out of the car after the collision, CNN said.

The network said that Fields sat not far from Heyer's mother Susan Bro while two other women wore shirts in the courtroom supporting the late Charlottesville's paralegal.

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Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. certified 10 charges against James Fields Jr. on Thursday, including an upgraded charge of first-degree murder in a car attack during the "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 that killed Heather Heyer.
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