Charlottesville Suspect Set to Face Court Hearing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.a. — The man suspected of killing a woman as he allegedly mowed down a group of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Virginia is set to appear Monday in court via video link.

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, is accused of driving his car into a crowd of people, killing Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, who was protesting the “Unite the Right” march on Saturday.

Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death. It is unclear whether he has an attorney.

The incident took place as hundreds of white nationalists converged on Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general and slavery advocate Robert E. Lee.

Nineteen people were injured during clashes, 10 of whom were listed Sunday in good condition by the University of Virginia Health System. Nine patients were released.

Two Virginia State Police troopers died when a helicopter crashed in a wooded area near Charlottesville after monitoring Saturday’s events.

The violence sparked political fallout over the weekend, with critics blasting President Donald Trump for failing to single out white supremacists in his criticism of the violence. The vice president, however, on Sunday did just that, calling out “dangerous fringe groups.”

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People around the nation marched Sunday in support of the anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville, with more than 130 rallies from California to Maine.

What do we know about Fields?

Fields was a man who possessed “outlandish, very radical beliefs,” and a “fondness” for Adolf Hitler, according to Derek Weimer, who teaches social studies at Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Kentucky.

“It was quite clear he had some really extreme views and maybe a little bit of anger behind them,” Weimer told CNN. “Feeling, what’s the word I’m looking for, oppressed or persecuted. He really bought into this white supremacist thing. He was very big into Nazism. He really had a fondness for Adolf Hitler.”

Principal Mike Wilson said he remembered Fields as a quiet and reserved student who graduated in 2015. In August of that year, Fields was inducted into the Army but he left active duty in December 2015. A spokeswoman for the Army said he failed to meet training standards.

“As a result he was never awarded a military occupational skill nor was he assigned to a unit outside of basic training,” Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson said.

Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, told the Toledo Blade in Ohio, where he lives, that she didn’t know her son was going to Virginia for a white nationalist rally. She thought it had something to do with Trump.

She told the Blade she didn’t discuss politics with her son. She was surprised her son attended an event with white supremacists.

“He had an African-American friend,” she told the Blade.

Pence decries neo-Nazis, ‘dangerous fringe groups’

As criticism of Trump’s response reverberated, Pence condemned the violence and white supremacists.

“We have no tolerance for hate and violence from white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK,” Pence said during a trip to Cartagena, Colombia. “These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms.”

Pence added: “The President also made clear that behavior by others of different militant perspectives are also unacceptable in our political debate and discourse.”

The creator of one of the most prolific neo-Nazi websites praised Trump for not specifically blaming neo-Nazis and white supremacists, saying “he loves us.”

Andrew Anglin of the Daily Stormer wrote that Trump’s comments were “good.”

“He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate on … both sides!” Anglin wrote. “There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all. He loves us all.”

Anglin did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

What happens now?

Fields will make his initial court appearance Monday morning via a video link from jail. A judge will determine whether he will be granted bail. The hearing is expected to take place at 10 a.m. ET.

Three other men were arrested Saturday. One faces a charge of carrying a concealed handgun and another is charged with disorderly conduct. The third man was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery.

The Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have launched a civil rights investigation into the deadly crash, to be led by US Attorney Rick Mountcastle.

Investigators will be looking into Fields’ alleged motives, and whether there’s enough evidence for a domestic terrorism case.

33 comments

  • Sasquatch

    I recently asked a very nice lady who can trace her heritage back to a plantation in South Carolina I asked her opinion about the history of the confederacy and if it should be preserved her answer to me was yes it should be we talked some more and both agreed if the pot stirrers would stay out of it life would go on I thanked her for her time and we moved on this is about history and heritage I have a relative that died at the battle of Gettysburg his name is on the Pennsylvania monument and I’m damn proud of that just as any relative of a confederate soldier would be and just because I’m white don’t hold me accountable for a man putting another man in chains the history good or bad should be preserved f

  • El Ma

    And, so it begins with the toppling of a Confederate monument in North Carolina. Anti-hate group? Pro-peace group? Or, just vandals with the proverbial green light to destroy something without facing consequences? Next stop, Civil War cemetery where headstones will be vandalized.

    What the %(@&?!?!?!?! How dare these people squeal about being “peaceful” when they engage in wanton destruction!

      • El Ma

        I find it absolutely astounding how anyone who isn’t in agreement with the destruction of historical monuments is labeled as a Trumpophile. I really do. It’s as if this is the best that left extremist wingnuts can come up with.

        I have NO affiliation with ANY political party. My views are my own. And, my views are based upon over 1/2 century of watching, listening, participating, and actually experiencing history-in-the-making. None of you fragile snowflakes have any concept of your history because the best that you have to refer to is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You have never lived in an atmosphere of deprivation or sacrifice. And, tearing up historical monuments doesn’t prove anything other than a generation that was raised by day-care centers and babysitters and step-parents has absolutely no concept of Real Life.

  • Sasquatch

    Native americans had slavery in their culture and cannibalism in some tribes are we going to wipe that history away also ?????

  • El Ma

    The American Civil War was fought over States’ Rights. No, I do not support slavery, nor do I support the KKK, nor do I support BLM, nor do I support wingnuts at either extreme.

    The Civil War produced heroes on both sides of the Mason Dixon Line. It did. President Lincoln said this, himself, in his Gettysburg Address. And, removing Lee’s monument will prove what? That the world will be a safer place? That ANTIFA and BLM and the KKK will all finally disband and get along? Holy sh*tballs…………

    While we’re at it, let’s just pave over the entire Gettysburg Battlefield because that is also a monument to the Civil War. In fact………let’s dismantle every last monument, park, school, or other public place or statue that has anything to do with the Civil War. That way, history can be rewritten and taught to be something entirely different that what it actually was. Yes. In fact, let’s do this with every monument that has ANYTHING to do with conflict – all of them. With conflict came hatred and fear, so let’s just make this nation a happy utopia where no Snowflake will ever melt…………

      • El Ma

        Lloyd, I have grave concerns for our nation, and our children. I’m so grateful that I had my children long ago enough for them to be able to develop their own beliefs and that I don’t have to try and explain what the heck is going on. They can see for themselves.

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      Actually, if you bother to know history you’d know that the confederacy put into writing that they wanted to preserve the supremacy of the white race. Look it up. The “states rights” argument is revisionist history.

  • El Ma

    Oh, my gawd. Robert E. Lee was proclaimed a patriot by Abraham Lincoln, himself. Lee wasn’t a supporter of slavery and this is a very slanted, biased, and race-baiting article.

    The moron that drove the vehicle needs to be taken out of society, absolutely. But, slinging about false history to justify the clash in Charlottesville is reprehensible.

  • Lance

    None of this would have happened if we would just stop and think about the stupidity of removing statues. This won’t erase history and where will it end? It is our history sad difficult to understand but it is there. By removing these statues just gives radical groups something to fight for. Stop trying to rewrite history.

    • Look in the mirror

      No one is re-writing history (nor do the nazis care about the statues). The statues are to placed in museums as historical items. Can you put yourself in the shoes of a person who has to pay taxes to maintain a statue in a public square and explain to their children that this man fought for the right to continue the practice of owning your great grandparents as if they were animals? Can you consider that horrible feeling you’d feel every day you walk passed that for even a minute ? Putting these historical items in a museum does not change history– it puts it in the proper perspective.

      • Lance

        I’m not defending slavery or what the South fought for. But why is it necessary to remove the statues? So using your logic we should also replace George Washington on the dollar bill because he owned slaves? Or change the name of the author of the declaration of independence because he too owned slaves. We can explain to the children about our past without hiding from it. And yes explain there is still much more to do about our country. But learn from the past don’t erase it.

      • Liberalism = USA

        I appreciate your point (and civility!) but we can also look at it this way. What if some fanatic insisted we put a statue on Main St glorifying the fall of the twin towers? They could argue that’s history too… I believe that public spaces should spotlight our spirit of community and common good…. As to GW, that’s an interesting question — I wonder how many kids these days even know he owned people.

  • metal elvis

    wow
    I may have done the same thing in fear for my life if my GPS took me down a wrong turn & I came upon a riot & an armed militia , in fear the might rip me out of my car & bash my head in with bricks like reginald denny

  • Deport white trash

    Maybe the racists of previous generations who were here protesting the arrival of his immigrant grandparents were right.

  • Liberal stupidity is frightening

    The liberial left is OK when large groups of their “clan” block highways so they can rip out and beat motorists. This was going to happen sooner or later.

    • Liberalism = USA

      Hopefully you have no problems with the liberal right . I don’t — we should all be liberal in considering a point of view. This comment will of course fly over the heads of the fox indoctrinated who have been taught that thought, nuance and discourse are to be avoided….

  • mopar nut

    But the poetic justice is the one killed was helping deadbeats to not pay their bills yet keep posession , Just maybe the nut didn’t realize the other nuts beating on someones expensive car might trigger him to floor it ?

  • pervert on a golf cart

    I posted this comment before. It is so very fitting. Here we go again…..”I wonder if our new Adolphs know that the real Adolph would have sent THEM to the gas chambers. Maybe some should read a book before becoming a dumb arse parrot.”

  • think about it

    I’m no so sure this guy did it. I could see the snowflakes staging this and once they backed up where there’s no cameras in sight, they shove him behind the wheel and shut him in.

    • lookback

      Yea for sure, they’re the same ones that staged the moon landing, they also staged D-Day and the upcoming solar eclipse is also being staged by the snowflakes. If you are outside at noon you may think it is daytime however it really isn’t, as it is only staged just to fool you, with emphasis being on the word FOOL.

    • Rocco

      Good thinking. We’ll have the limousine there to pick you right up. Don’t worry about the flashing light or that it looks like a mental health ambulance.

    • El Ma

      The man that drove his vehicle through the crowd is a sick, demented, twisted fool.

      Having typed that, this whole thing reeks – a permit to assemble was granted. Busloads of ANTIFA and BLM protesters were transported directly to the site. The Charlottesville Police Department left the site and made no attempt to intervene. The whole ugly event was a powder keg and it was allowed to ignite into violence.

      I do not support either end of this socio-political spectrum and the indigenous mercenaries (ON BOTH SIDES) that are very nearly inciting another civil war in this country. We cannot allow ourselves to be blind to this – people are being paid to incite violence and rioting. And, I cannot foresee any means to stop this, particularly when there is money involved.

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