Man charged with hate crimes in Virginia attack due in court

July 2, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An Ohio man accused of driving a car into a crowd of protesters in Virginia during a white nationalist rally will make his first court appearance this week on federal hate crime charges.

An initial appearance and arraignment are scheduled Thursday for James Alex Fields Jr.

Fields was indicted last week on 30 federal charges stemming from the Aug. 12 attack that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured many others who gathered to protest the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

The 21-year-old Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, had already been charged with murder and other counts under Virginia law.

The rally drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville, where officials had planned to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.