Charlottesville Murder Suspect Assigned Public Defender Related to Victim

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The man accused of driving his auto through a group of counter-protesters amid a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was pulled over during a traffic stop months before in OH in the same vehicle. Law enforcement later arrested Fields in a vehicle matching the description given.

He said that Fields confessed to reading and enjoying Mein Kampf, Hitler's 1925 autobiography, a book that is considered a touchstone for white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.

A grey Dodge Charger smashed into a group of counter protesters who had descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, to push back on a white supremacist rally being held there to protest the planned removal of a Confederate monument there.

Those gathered chanted in support of of refugees and immigrants, and justice for the victims in Charlottesville - especially Heather Heyer, the woman killed in the violent crash.

A U.S. judge held James Fields, 20, without bond on a second-degree murder charge.

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A photo of Fields captured at the Saturday rally showed him carrying symbols attributed to a racist right-wing organization, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors American hate groups.

Fields is being charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count related to leaving the scene of a wreck. "You know, we don't, I don't really get too involved, I moved him out to his own apartment, so I'm watching his cat", she said.

The United States is reeling following a weekend of racial tensions and violence at a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. A spokesperson for Vanguard America denied Fields is a member of the group.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Heyer's death "does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute".

After a few speakers took the stage, people took to the street - marching and chanting against racism, against hate and against President Donald Trump - despite President Trump speaking out against the attack.

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