James Alex Fields, the 20-year old man who plowed his car into the Charlottesville rally has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Around two dozen people were injured, many of them seriously, while a 32-year old woman who was crossing the road died in the macabre incident.
Heather Heyer’s death has caused outrage across the nation as people mourn her death and attack the White Supremacists who have been trying to spread hatred and venom against almost everyone on pretext of one thing or the other.
Police claim that James Alex Fields is in with an arraignment set for Monday. Right now, according to officials, James Alex Fields is being held without bond.
Officials claim that James Alex Fields, Jr. was booked and charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit-and-run, Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent Martin Kumer told The Washington Post. Fields is 20 years old.
It has now been confirmed that the vehicle that plowed into the protesters in Charlottesville was in the name of the man who rammed his car into the crowd. Reports suggest that the James Alex Fields bought the car over two years ago in June 2015 in Florence, Kentucky.
Now he has been booked into the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. He has been charged for one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death. Meanwhile U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions while announcing an investigation into the case said, “The Richmond FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the deadly vehicular incident that occurred earlier Saturday morning…The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and as this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time.”
It seems that it was a premeditated murder. He had planned everything in advance. His mother Samantha Bloom told AP that her son had texted her on Friday saying he dropped his cat off at her apartment and was going to an “alt-right” rally in Virginia.
The mother, while talking about it says, “I told him to be careful. [And] if they’re going to rally to make sure he’s doing it peacefully.” Samantha Bloom said that though he didn’t say anything very clearly about the alt right rally she had no idea he was involved when she returned home from dinner on Saturday night.