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USJury to deliberate Virginia murder trial of white nationalist

12:30  07 december  2018
12:30  07 december  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Heather Heyer killing: Opening statements begin in trial

Heather Heyer killing: Opening statements begin in trial Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday in the trial of the man accused of killing Heather Heyer last year at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday in the trial of the man accused of killing Heather Heyer at a white nationalist rally Judge Richard Moore, who has allotted 18 days for the trial, said opening statements will start after the jury is finalized when court resumes Thursday morning. Jury selection began on Monday.

A jury trial , or trial by jury , is a lawful proceeding in which a jury makes a decision or findings of fact. It is distinguished from a bench trial in which a judge or panel of judges makes all decisions.

An all- white jury is a sworn body composed only of white people convened to render an impartial The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1880 in Strauder v. West Virginia that laws excluding In 2010, a white man in Alabama appealed his murder conviction and death sentence after a trial by 11

Jury to deliberate Virginia murder trial of white nationalist© Reuters/Justin Ide FILE PHOTO: Rescue workers assist people who were injured when a car drove through a group of counter protesters at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Va., (Reuters) - A jury in Charlottesville, Virginia, will begin deliberations on Friday in the murder trial of a man who rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protestors at a far right rally last year, killing one activist.

Hundreds of white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis gathered in Charlottesville in August 2017 to demonstrate against a plan to remove a statue of a Confederate general. The night before the car-ramming, they staged a torch-lit march, chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans.

Hymns then blood: victims testify at Charlottesville rally trial

Hymns then blood: victims testify at Charlottesville rally trial Hymns then blood: victims testify at Charlottesville rally trial

by a car during a white nationalist rally in Virginia has given emotional testimony at the trial of the man accused of deliberately plowing into the crowd. Marcus Martin became tearful several times while testifying Thursday during the murder trial of James Alex Fields Jr., who is charged with killing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va . (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a man charged with ramming his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally Prosecutors have told the jury he deliberately plowed into the crowd because he supported the white nationalists and was angry about violent

During his two-week trial, prosecutors said James Fields, 21, was motivated by hatred toward the counter-demonstrators, while the defense argued that he was fearfully reacting to a violent situation after supporters and counter demonstrators fought pitched battles using rocks and pepper spray.

Defense attorneys never disputed that Fields was behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger that sent bodies flying when it crashed into a crowd on Aug. 12, 2017, killing counterprotester Heather Heyer, 32 and injuring 19 others.

Instead, they suggested he was intimidated by a hostile crowd and acted to protect himself.

U.S. President Donald Trump was strongly condemned from Democrats and Republicans alike for saying afterward that "both sides" were to blame for the violence.

Jury to deliberate over Charlottesville fatal car ramming

Jury to deliberate over Charlottesville fatal car ramming A jury is set to begin deliberations in the murder trial of an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in 2017, killing one woman and injuring dozens. 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va . (AP) — A jury has been seated in the trial of an Ohio man accused of killing a woman and injuring dozens at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year. Jury selection was completed Thursday morning in the trial of James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio.

Prosecutors in the murder trial of University of Virginia student George Huguely urged the jury to decide the man's fate based on his taped statement to Huguely and Yeardley were lacrosse players at the University of Virginia . Huguely's attorneys have said the videotape is proof Huguely is not guilty

Urging jurors to find Fields guilty of murder and nine other charges, prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony said in closing arguments Thursday that Fields had had no reason to be afraid but that he had come to the rally from Ohio intending to harm others.

But defense attorney Denise Lunsford countered that Fields' behavior was defensive in nature, telling jurors: "James' actions were impacted by everything else that was going on.”

Asking the jury to find her client not guilty of all charges, Lunsford said when he was arrested, Fields told police, "I’m sorry I didn’t want to hurt anyone. I thought they were attacking me."

Fields, who did not take the stand to defend himself, could face life in prison if convicted of murder.

(Reporting by Gary Robertson in Charlottesville, Va.; Writing by Peter Szekely and Steve Gorman, additional writing by Rich McKay; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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