James Alex Fields Jnr, notorious for ramming his car into a crowd and killing a 32-year old Woman while injuring others during the anti-fascist protest in Charlottesville, Virgina in August, is now facing a possible life sentence after his charge was increased to 1st-degree murder.
The protests on August 12 2017 followed a White supremisist and neo-nazi march through the streets of the University of Virginia, the day before. The protest was organized against the previous day's march and for the removal of the statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.
Fields was known to have strong interests in WWII history like a lot of boys his age but his former high School teacher said that he "took it to another level". His mother said that she never really talked to him about his political views as she herself avoided politics. The victim, Heather Heyer was a paralegal who according to her mother was "all about stopping hate." She was reportedly crossing the street at the protest when she was struck down by Fields' car. Her loved ones see her death as a rallying cry for justice and equality. •
Prosecutors will stand before a grand jury on Monday and if Fields is found guilty of his upgraded charge, he could face anywhere between 20 years and life imprisonment.
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According to the #SanFranciscoChronicle, #JamesAlexFieldsJr. will face a court hearing today on charges including second degree murder and felonious assault. The preliminary hearing will be to establish whether prosecutors have the necessary evidence to seek an indictment.
#marcusmartin told the Chronicle that he plans to attend the hearing. His leg was broken in the attack, and as the 27-year-old #Virginia native recently told NBC, he still walks with a slight limp and hopes to regain strength in his leg eventually.
Today in court, Martin says he wants to ask Fields, “Why did you do that? What made you do that?” He has PTSD now from the traumatic event, and told NBC that he jumps whenever he hears tires screeching. He’s also been seeing a therapist, which he said has been helpful.
Martin was able to push his fiancée, #MarissaBlair out of the way when Fields drove his #DodgeChallenger into the crowd, but wasn’t able to save her friend Heyer. Blair, Martin says, still just “breaks down crying” over the loss of her friend. He told the Chronicle that he’s “living every day just trying to forget.” “It’s not fair to say that I don’t trust white people because not all of them are like that. But when I see someone with a Confederate flag or with Confederate flag attire on, I don’t take my eyes off of them. I just stare at them,” Martin told NBC. “It’s not out of intimidation or for me to instill fear in them, it’s me looking out for myself because I know you know who I am. I’m not going to let you try to hurt me, understanding that’s what you represent.” #foodforthought#rbg#problack#panafrican#blackexcellence#blackisbeautiful#blackmenrock#blackwomenrock#blackgirlsrock#blackboyjoy