Charlottesville Suspect Driver Booked on Suspicion of Murder

14 August, 2017, 01:45 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • James Alex Fields Jr

One suspect was charged late Saturday with second-degree murder and other charges after a woman was killed at a counter protest march to a white nationalist rally in the state of Virginia.

The auto slammed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally in the Virginia college town, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring at least two dozen more, authorities said.

Fields, identified by the Washington Post as a 20-year old from OH, is the man charged with second-degree murder in the attack. Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, is being held without bail on murder and other charges related to the hit-and-run, officials said.

He says a bond hearing is scheduled for Monday.

A 32-year-old woman was killed as she was crossing the street and a auto was driven into a crowd of counter-demonstrators.

The white nationalists were protesting the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer has urged protesters and counter-protesters to leave.

After rally attendees and protesters dispersed, a auto rammed into a group of people Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Virginia State Governor Terry R. McAuliffe put the blame on "white supremacists" and "Nazis" for provoking the unrest.

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that "the violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice".

Some members of Trump's own party called on the President to specifically cite the Charlottesville tragedy as a terror attack, or to call out white nationalists. Sen.

McAuliffe said that he spoke with Trump on Saturday and twice told him that "there has got to be a movement in this country to bring people together".

Police declared the outbreak of violence represented an unlawful assembly and told the crowds to disperse.

Protesters chanted "blood and soil" and "one people, one nation, end immigration" as they rallied around a statue of Thomas Jefferson, WWBT reported.

Online records do not show any previous criminal history for Fields.



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