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Neo-Nazi convicted on all counts for driving into a crowd of protesters, killing Heather Heyer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 12: In this handout provided by Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio poses for a mugshot after he allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters killing one and injuring 35 on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fields faces charges of second-degree murder, malicious woundings and leaving the scene of an accident. The incident followed the shutdown of the 'Unite the Right' rally by police after white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' and counter-protesters clashed near Emancipation Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo by Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via Getty Images)

A jury has ended the deliberations they began this morning in the trial of neo-Nazi James Fields, who murdered Heather Heyer when he drove his car into a crowd of protestors, in Charlottesville, Virginia, back in August of 2017. Fields has been found guilty of First Degree murder in the attack which claimed Heyer’s life and seriously hurt 35 others.

TOPSHOT - A man walks past a memorial to Heather Heyer and the other victims of last year's hit and run a few blocks away the first day of jury selection for James Fields's murder trial at the Charlottesville Circuit Court, November 26, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. - An American neo-Nazi denied murder at the start of his trial for allegedly ramming his car into counter-protesters at a 2017 white supremacist rally that made the city of Charlottesville a byword for rising racial tensions under President Donald Trump. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A memorial for Heather Heyer a few blocks from where she was killed

Fields’s conviction followed six days of testimony in Charlottesville Circuit Court, where Heyer’s deadly injuries were detailed and survivors of the crash described the chaos and their own injuries. Jeanne Peterson, 38, who limped to the witness stand with the help of bailiffs, said she’d had five surgeries and would have another next year. Wednesday Bowie, a counterprotester in her 20s, said her pelvis was broken in six places. Marcus Martin described pushing his then-fiancee out of the Challenger’s path before he was struck.

Fields’ attempts at pleading self defense not only rang false during the trial, they were routinely undercut by his own actions. Actions like telling his mother that “It doesn’t fucking matter” that Heather Heyer died as a result of his actions. James Fields is utter trash. His thoughts are trash, his actions are trash. The people that have had what passes for friendly contact with him, are also trash people.

Rest in power, Heather Heyer.


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