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USJames Fields trial: Final defense witness testifies in Charlottesville protest death

01:05  07 december  2018
01:05  07 december  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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James A. Fields Jr. has been accused of driving his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville , Va., killing one.CreditCreditCharlottesville — A man who has voiced racist and pro -Nazi views faces the possibility of life in prison in the death of a woman during clashes in Charlottesville , Va., in August.

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James Fields trial: Final defense witness testifies in Charlottesville protest death© Eze Amos James Fields at alt right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12.

James Fields appeared "calm and normal" and "maybe ... a little scared" on the day he rammed his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, the final defense witness at his murder trial testified Thursday.

The witness, Joshua Matthews, testified about the moments before Fields plowed into the counterprotesters during the August 12, 2017, rally, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring more than a dozen others.

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James Alex Fields , Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer, and Fields has pleaded not guilty. His court-appointed defense attorney, Denise Lunsford, declined to Lunsford has sought to have the trial moved outside of Charlottesville , arguing the impact of the event on

CHARLOTTESVILLE , Va. - - Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense agree that James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters last year The incident followed a period of racially charged violence in Charlottesville and sparked national outrage, putting the country on edge.

Matthews' testimony was largely consistent with other defense witnesses, who told the court that Fields didn't appear angry or agitated before he got behind the wheel of his car.

Though Fields appeared "calm and normal," Matthews testified, "maybe he seemed a little scared."

While walking with other rallygoers, however, Fields allegedly yelled back at a counterprotester who shouted something along of the lines of "Get out of our town," according to Matthews. The witness said he couldn't recall what Fields said.

The 21-year-old defendant is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer, who was protesting against the "Unite the Right" rally.

The jury that will decide Fields' fate was to be instructed by the judge and hear closing arguments after Matthews' testimony.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE , VA (WWBT) - The James Fields Jr. state murder trial entered day five on Friday as a the detective who processed the scene of the crash in August 2017 took the stand. Fields of Maumee, Ohio, is charged with first-degree murder, as well malicious wounding, malicious assault

White nationalist James Fields drove a car into a crowd of counter- protesters at Virginia rally last Attorneys for Fields called Paul Critzer, a Charlottesville sheriff’s department deputy, along with Critzer testified that he talked to Fields after stopping his Dodge Charger and telling him to throw his

On Wednesday, fellow protesters testified that Fields asked them to lunch shortly before ramming his car into a throng of people.

Hayden Calhoun and his girlfriend declined, Calhoun testified.

Twenty minutes later, Fields plowed into the crowd.

Both the prosecution and defense agree that Fields drove into the counterprotesters. But while the prosecution believes Fields had malicious intent, the defense team said he feared the counterprotesters and acted in self-defense.

If convicted, Fields could be sentenced to life in prison. He also faces eight other counts related to eight people injured in the crash, as well as one count of failing to stop at an accident involving a death.

Calhoun said he and his girlfriend attended the rally and spent part of the day with Fields, whom they had just met that day.

Calhoun testified that Fields was calm and seemed tired.

Under cross-examination, Calhoun testified that the only interactions he and Fields had with counterprotesters were verbal, not physical. Calhoun said counterprotesters didn't attack them or throw anything at them.

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Charlottesville Det. Steven Young, a prosecution witness , testified he was patrolling Emancipation Park on foot when he heard the radio traffic reporting an incident near Fourth and Water streets that day. He and three other officers jumped into a van and responded to the location where the

James Alex Fields Jr., an Ohio man known for being fascinated with Nazism and idolizing Adolf Few in Charlottesville believe the trial will do much to heal the community or the country's racial divide. The death toll rose to three when a state police helicopter monitoring the event crashed, killing two

Previously, Fields had described counterprotesters as "a violent mob of terrorists."

Footage of the crash showed Fields' Dodge Challenger careening into pedestrians, sending some airborne.

On Wednesday, Trooper Clifford Lee Thomas, a crash reconstructionist for the Virginia State Police, testified that Fields had accelerated to a maximum of 28 mph before crashing into a Toyota Camry.

The impact caused the Camry to go from zero to 17 mph in 150 milliseconds, Thomas said.

Charlottesville Police Detective Steven Young and Calhoun's girlfriend, Sarah Bolstad, also testified before the court took a lunch break.

Bolstad said she met Fields when they were turned away from McIntire Park by police. She testified she and Calhoun were approached by Fields and another man, who suggested they travel together as there is safety in numbers.

"I felt really comfortable with them," she said. She added that Fields "didn't seem angry" and "seemed normal."

She never saw Fields during times when bottles were being thrown, she told the court.

CNN's Ray Sanchez and Holly Yan contributed to this report.

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