CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A prosecutor informed a jury Thursday that James Alex Fields Jr. had hate and violence in his mind when he deliberately drove his automotive right into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one lady, injuring dozens and leaving our bodies strewn on the ground.
As prosecutors urged jurors to seek out Fields guilty of first-diploma murder and other felonies for the lethal August 2017 crash, his legal professionals made a ultimate try and convince them that Fields had plowed into the gang out of worry.
The jury is scheduled to start deliberating the case Friday morning.
Throughout closing arguments Thursday, prosecutors portrayed Fields as a white nationalist who turned indignant after police pressured crowds at the rally to disband. The police motion followed violent clashes between the white nationalists who descended on Charlottesville to protest plans to take away a statute of Accomplice Gen. Robert E. Lee and counterdemonstrators who showed up to oppose the white nationalists.
Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Lawyer Nina-Alice Antony reminded the jurors a few text message despatched by Fields the day earlier than the rally that included an image of Adolf Hitler. Fields despatched the textual content to his mom in response to her plea for him to watch out. Fields wrote: ‘we’re not the one (sic) who have to be cautious,” accompanied by Hitler’s image.
Antony additionally repeatedly reminded the jurors a few meme Fields posted on Instagram three months earlier than the crash. The picture exhibits bodies tossed into the air after a automotive plows into a crowd recognized as “protesters.”
“What we have now is a man who had a choice, and he decides to turn his Instagram submit into reality,” she stated.
Defense lawyer Denise Lunsford urged the jury to think about the chaos earlier that day, when road fights broke out between the two groups and tear fuel was thrown.
Lunsford stated Fields had urine thrown at him, had been yelled at by counterprotesters and located himself alone and unprotected as he tried to go away Charlottesville and drive again to his residence in Maumee, Ohio. She stated he saw a big crowd down the street surrounding two different automobiles and feared he can be attacked.
“Take a look at the circumstances as they appeared to him,” Lunsford stated.
“He says he felt he was in peril, there were individuals coming at him.”
Antony informed the jury no one was close to Fields’ automotive when he drove into the gang. She stated he idled in his automotive for more than a minute before backing up, then rushing into the gang.
“He will get towards that group and he goes for them,” she stated.
Fields, 21, faces expenses of first-degree murder within the dying of Heather Heyer, a 32-yr-previous paralegal and civil rights activist who was killed. He additionally faces five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three counts of malicious wounding and a rely of leaving the scene of an accident.
Lunsford urged the jury to seek out Fields responsible of “not more than” the lesser fees of manslaughter in Heyer’s demise and…