> The trial will begin on Monday for a man accused of killing a woman after he plowed his car into a group of people protesting against the white nationalist rally in Virginia last year. 21 year old James Alex Fields Jr faces first degree murder in multiple other charges.
Prosecutors say he drove his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville last August, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of others.
Hundreds of people had descended on the small college town to protest the removal of a Confederate statue in the so-called Unite the Right rally. Counter-protestors turned out to demonstrate against the rally, and clashes broke out. President Donald Trump was heavily criticized when he said afterward that, quote, many sides were to blame for the violence and did not specifically denounce the far right.
Fields also faces 30 Federal hate crime charges in US District Court. This trial is only for state charges and is expected to last for three weeks. If convicted, Fields faces a sentence of up to life in prison.