Man Who Mowed Down Crowd (Killing One) in Charlottesville Charged with Murder

Wednesday, 16 Aug, 2017

A man named James Alex Fields Jr. has been identified and accused of killing one woman and injuring 19 others when he allegedly drove a speeding auto into a group of people Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

As Fields left the court, white supremacist Matthew Heimbach shouted that Heyer's death was the fault of police. "I'm going to miss her", he said.

The mother of the man suspected of having driven into a crowd in Charlottesville during a protest repeatedly called emergency services saying her son beat her, according to transcripts.

The army confirmed Fields reported for basic training in August 2015 but was later released "due to a failure to meet training standards".

Counter-protestors arrived to fight the group, and Fields allegedly drove his auto into them, wounding 19 and killing one woman, Heather Heyer, 32. 32-year-old Heather Heyer has been identified as the person killed in the attack. The 20-year-old Fields had been photographed hours earlier carrying the emblem of Vanguard America, one of the hate groups that organized the "take America back" campaign in protest of the removal of a Confederate statue.

Fields was arrested shortly after and has been in custody ever since.

The organizer of the white nationalist rally that drew the large crowd of counter-protesters blamed law enforcement.

The group on Sunday denied any association with Fields.

"I thought it had something to do with Trump".

Relatives told The Washington Post that Fields grew up mostly in Northern Kentucky, and had been raised by a single mother who was a paraplegic.

President Donald Trump faced bipartisan criticism after suggesting "both sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.

Anyway, she also told the outlet that her son "had an African-American friend" so clearly he's not racist.

Local authorities, the F.B.I. and Justice Department are all continuing investigations into the auto crash and other violence Charlottesville over the weekend.