This weekend, the city of Charlottesville in Virginia was the center of national attention as White supremacists rallied for the “Unite The Right” demonstration. Possibly the biggest story to come out of the mass show of hate was the driving of a car into a group of counter-protestors, which killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured as many as 20 others. James Alex Fields, Jr. is accused of driving the car into the crowd and is facing charges.
This morning, Fields was arraigned on a charge of second degree murder, as well as three counts of malicious wounding and hit and run. He may be up shit’s creek, because he reportedly cannot afford a lawyer and “one of the victims is related to the public defender,” according to ABC 9 WAFB. Fields was denied bond by the judge.
One of Fields’ former teachers says he remembers Fields’ obsession and interest in extreme views such as Nazism and white supremacy.
The teacher also says Fields was diagnosed with schizophrenia and says he recently tried to join the military, but was denied because of a history of anti-psychotic medication.
He thinks this could have been what set him off.
Fields has a “control date” to schedule a preliminary hearing on August 25.