>> 20 year old James Alex Fields Jr., the man accused of driving his car into 32 year old Heather Heyer, and killing her during protests in Charlottesville last summer is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. Several other people were injured in the incident. Fields is charged with second degree murder, malicious wounding and felonious assault.
He's been jailed in Charlottesville since August 12th, the day the violent protests broke out. It began after a group of white nationalists held a rally against the city's plan to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee. Counter protestors showed up, and clashes soon followed. It was then that Fields allegedly drove his silver Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter protestors killing Heather Heyer.
If convicted of second degree murder, he faces up to 40 years in prison.