People fly into the air while a vehicle is being driven by a group of demonstrators demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017. (Ryan M. Kelly / Charlottesville Daily Progress / AP) Joe Heim Reporter for a series of topics , including race, white nationalism, schools, student culture, Indian issues December 7 at 7:00 am CHARLOTTESVILLE – There is no doubt that James A. Fields Jr. his two-door muscle car in a crowd of people in the shopping center of this city, 15 months ago. And there is no doubt that one person was killed and that three dozen others were injured in that bloody clash. A jury of seven women and five men, who will start the deliberation on Friday morning, will decide whether Fields, 21, is guilty of murders of first degree or other crimes. Prosecutors claim that the self-professing neo-Nazis were acting with malice and anger when he traveled to this city to attend the "Unite the Right" meeting in August 2017 and crashed into a crowd of counterprotecters. The defense claims that he felt threatened and tried to defend himself. Because of the violent crash Heather Heyer (32) was killed and chased in this quiet university town. Her death on August 12, 2017 – and the bloody violence that preceded it – has bound Charlottesville forever to the rise of white supremacists, who came out of the shadows in the first months of Donald Trump's presidency. That day, participants of the demonstration clashed violently with counterprotesters who rejected their presence in this city. [A day of rage, hate and violence and death in Charlottesville] Prosecutors have depicted Fields, which appeared in court in a dark blue sweater on Thursday, as an angry man who adopted Adolf Hitler's racist ideology. Shortly before two o'clock in the afternoon that day he saw counterprotists, some with Black Lives Matter badges, marching on 4th Street in this city's pedestrian zone in the center of the city – and found a chance to pick up his anger. solve, said Senior-Assistant Commonwealth's lawyer Nina-Alice Antony in her final argument Thursday.
James A. Fields Jr. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail / AP) While counterprotesters celebrated, hugged and sang, there was someone in the distance, & # 39; inactive, looking & # 39; and & # 39; that person means that they do harm & # 39 ;, told Antony to jurors. Antony said there is no evidence that Fields was threatened before he ended up in the crowd. In her final argument defense officer Denise Lunsford asked jurors to consider the behavior of Fields before and after the crash. Rally-goers who met him earlier that afternoon, testified that he seemed calm and normal. And after the crash, when he was arrested, Fields apologized, according to footage from camera vehicles that were being played in court this week. "He was not angry," Lunsford said. "He was scared." In addition to a first-degree assassination attempt, Fields is faced with five counts of aggravated malicious injuries and three graves of malicious injury involving eight of the 35 people who have been injured, and a count of failure to stop at the scene of a deadly accident. Without a murder conviction in the first degree, which requires a murder attempt, a Fields jury could find guilty of second-degree murder, punishable up to 40 years in prison. The lawsuit began last week at Charlottesville Circuit Court, just a few blocks from where Heyer was murdered in a street now called Heather Heyer Way. An improvised memorial of flowers and posters with her name are still along the narrow one-way street.