Charlotte suspect James Alex Fields Jr. given court appointed attorney

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Tom Hinde
Publisher

James Alex Fields Jr., the man suspected of killing a woman and injuring nineteen people in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday during a "Unite the Right" march has received a court appointed attorney. Fields, 20, is accused of driving his car into a crowd of people killing Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident resulting in death.

During court proceedings today, Judge Robert Downer appointed a court attorney for Fields, set the next hearing date of August 25 and declined to set a bond. Fields lived in Maumee, Ohio, according to his mother. Military records show Fields entered the Army on Aug. 18, 2015. Less than four months later, on Dec. 11, he left the military. Fields told the court today he earns $600 a week working for a private security company in Maumee.

Photos show Fields demonstrating with members of Vanguard America. A spokesperson for Vanguard America denied Fields is a member of the group. A spokesperson for the City of Charlottesville said Fields was driving a Dodge Challenger "at a high rate of Speed" at about 1:45 p.m. Witnesses saw a vehicle matching the description hit a number of people before crashing into other vehicles. Law enforcement later arrested Fields in a vehicle matching the description given.

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