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Federal Hate Crime Charges For Driver At Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally

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A 21-year-old Ohio man accused of killing a woman last summer by deliberately ramming his car into people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., now faces federal hate crime charges.


The Justice Department announced Wednesday that a federal grand jury in Charlottesville charged James Alex Fields Jr. with one count of a hate crime act resulting in the death of Heather Heyer.


Heyer was demonstrating at the Aug. 12 counterprotest when authorities say Fields deliberately sped his gray Dodge Challenger into the crowd, killing the 32-year-old and injuring many others. Graphic video of the incident was shared on social media.

Fields was also charged Wednesday with 28 counts of hate crime acts causing injury and involving an attempt to kill.


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