CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A person accused of ramming his automotive right into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia was denied bond Monday after the general public defender’s workplace stated it couldn’t symbolize him and the decide was pressured to discover a native lawyer to fill in.
James Alex Fields Jr. was not current within the courtroom however appeared by way of video monitor wearing a black-and-white striped uniform. Seated, he answered questions from the decide with easy responses of “Sure, sir” when requested if he understood what was being defined to him. Fields additionally replied “No, sir” when requested if he had ties to the group of Charlottesville.
Decide Robert Downer set an Aug. 25 listening to for the 20-yr-previous Fields, who has been charged with second-diploma homicide and different counts.
Downer stated the general public defenders’ workplace knowledgeable him it couldn’t symbolize Fields as a result of a relative of somebody within the workplace was injured in Saturday’s protest. He appointed native lawyer Charles Weber to characterize him. Weber didn’t instantly reply to phone messages and nobody answered the door at his workplace on Monday.
Fields is charged within the dying of Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, who died after a automotive that police say Fields was driving slammed right into a crowd of individuals protesting the nationalist rally Saturday. Fields was arrested shortly afterward and brought into custody.
Fields was fascinated with Nazism, idolized Adolf Hitler, and had been singled out within the ninth grade by officers on the Randall Okay. Cooper highschool in Union, Kentucky, for his “deeply held, radical” convictions on race, his former highschool instructor Derek Weimer stated Sunday.
Keegan McGrath, 18, who stated he was roommates with Fields on a category journey to Europe in 2015, stated Fields referred to Germany as “the Fatherland,” had little interest in being in France, and refused to work together with the French.
“He simply actually laid on concerning the French being decrease than us and inferior to us,” McGrath advised the AP on Monday.
McGrath challenged Fields on his beliefs, and the animosity between them grew so heated that it got here to a boil at dinner on their second day. He stated he went residence after three or 4 days as a result of he stated he couldn’t deal with being in a room with Fields.
The incident shocked McGrath as a result of he had been in German class with Fields for 2 unremarkable years.
“He was only a regular dude” more often than not, though he sometimes made “darkish” jokes that put his class on edge, together with one “off-hand joke” concerning the Holocaust, McGrath stated.
McGrath stated that Fields wasn’t ostracized and doesn’t consider Fields deserves sympathy.
“He had associates, he had individuals who would chat with him, it wasn’t like he was an outcast.”
Weimer described Fields as an “common” scholar, however with a eager curiosity in army historical past, Hitler, and Nazi Germany.
“When you talked to James for a…