CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The latest on the first-degree-murder conviction of a man who drove his car into a group of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally (all times local):
The man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year showed no emotion when a jury declared him guilty of first-degree murder.
James Alex Fields Jr. appeared stoic as the verdict was read in a courtroom late Friday afternoon. Jurors delivered their decision after deliberating for about seven hours.
Judge Richard Moore told jurors they would reconvene Monday for a sentencing hearing. The jury will hear evidence and then will recommend a sentence to the judge. The hearing could take two days.
A jury is set to begin deliberating in the murder trial of an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring dozens.
A prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments Thursday that 21-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. had hate and violence on his mind when he plunged the car into the crowd. Defense attorneys argued Fields had plowed into the crowd out of fear.
Jurors are scheduled to get the case Friday morning.
Fields is charged with first-degree murder and other felonies for the August 2017 crash that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Her death came after police forced a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville to disband after participants had clashed with counterdemonstrators earlier.