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Judge denies bail for man accused of ramming car into Charlottesville protesters

Judge denies bail for man accused of ramming car into Charlottesville protesters”

Robin, this morning we're learning new details about the suspected driver behind that deadly attack in Virginia, 20-year-old James Alex fields is due in court for second degree murder charges.

James Alex Fields Jr., the domestic terrorist who drove a vehicle into a crowd of people protesting a neo-nazi rally in Charlottseville, Va., made his first court appearance on Monday (Aug. 14). There were plenty of people around to try to guide him in the right direction.

"He was like, talking about how they're beneath us and all this stuff, and it got to the point where I was like, 'I don't want to be in a room with you, '" McGrath said. There were also overt references to white supremacy and Nazism, like a photo of Adolf Hitler as a baby and another of soldiers holding American flags and swastikas. "It would start to creep out".

Fields is reported to have targeted counter protesters by driving his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of bystanders on a pedestrian mall that left one dead and 19 injured, five critically.

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Also Saturday, a helicopter monitoring the rally in Virginia crashed in a forest in Albemarle County, killing two State troopers on board - Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Pilot Berke Bates.

Heyer dedicated her life to campaigning against hate, friends and family say. Police dispersed the rally with pepper spray and blast balls after fireworks were thrown at officers, according to the Associated Press.

His arrest capped hours of unrest on Sunday as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed with counter-protesters in the historic southern college town.

President Donald Trump criticized the violence and called for a return to law and order.

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On Saturday night, the FBI and federal prosecutors announced that a civil rights investigation had been opened into the vehicular death allegedly caused by James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio.

Fields wanted to join the army during his senior year of high school.

Fields' ex-high school teacher, Derek Weimer, told WCPO-TV in Cincinnati that Fields was a quiet student who had some "radical ideas on race". But Fields was ultimately turned down, which was a big blow, Weimer said.

Fields is scheduled for arraignment at 10 a.m. Monday.

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The AP adds that the judge told the court that the "public defenders' office informed him it could not represent Fields because a relative of someone in the office was injured in Saturday's protest".



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