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James Alex Fields Jr, the White supremacist, who mowed down counter-protesters at the Charlottesville rally and killed a woman pleads not guilty to 30 federal hate crime charges

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White supremacist, 21, who drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at the Charlottesville rally and killed a woman pleads not guilty to 30 federal hate crime charges
James Alex Fields Jr, 21, entered a plea of not guilty to 30 federal hate crime charges on Thursday in Charlottesville, Virginia
Last week he was charged with 30 new federal crimes additional to his previous charges for first-degree murder and other crimes
Fields allegedly steered his beloved Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Va., Aug 12, 2017 
32-year-old Heather Heyer, a paralegal with the Miller Law Group was killed, 19 others injured
The protests overall, left 3 dead and 34 injured after the white nationalist rally sparked violence
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James Fields Jr., the white supremacist driver who allegedly steered his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Va was charged with hate crimes
White Supremacist killer James Alex Fields, Thursday entered a plea of not guilty to 30 federal hate crime charges on Thursday in Charlottesville, Virginia

Fields, 21, who is accused of killing a woman when he drove into a crowd of protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last fall is fighting a raft of federal hate crime related charges.
The suspect entered the plea on Thursday in Charlottesville one week after he was charged with 30 federal crimes on top of his previous charges for first-degree murder and other crimes.
Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, is accused of driving his car into a group of people who had gathered to protest a white supremacist rally on August 12, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of others.
The 21-year-old defendant who appeared in the court wearing handcuffs and shackles.
told  Judge Joel Hoppe that he is being treated for bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression and ADHD, and is taking medication.
He said the drugs do not impair his ability to understand the charges against him.

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12,Alex Fields is accused of driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at the white nationalist rally Aug 12,  2017,  killing Heather Heyer and injuring several others
Susan Bro and her daughter Heather Heyer.JPGHeather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, [left], was was surprised her daughter’s killer sounded so ‘bold’ in court

Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, was sitting in the courtroom when Fields entered his plea. The grieving mom said she was a bit surprised that Fields’ voice sounded ‘bold’

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He also said he had a high school education and has worked as a security guard.
Hoppe said Fields was qualified to be represented by a federal public defender and appointed legal counsel for him.
Among the people in the courtroom were several survivors of the attack, including Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro.
Talking with news reporters outside the courthouse, Bro said she expected a not-guilty plea at this stage of the case, but added she still ‘felt a little punched in the gut.’
She also said she was a bit surprised that Fields’ voice sounded ‘bold.’
‘I just somehow expected him to sound more timid and abashed, but he didn’t sound like it at all,’ Bro said.

The White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va on Aug 11, 2017.JPGThe White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va on Aug 11, 2017 which turned out to be the precursor to the next day’s crowd violenceCharlottesville clash between protesters and White Supremacists.pngScenes of the chaos that ensued at the emancipation Park during the Unite the Right rally on August 12 in Charlottesville, Va

The car attack came after vicious brawling broke out between white nationalists and counter-demonstrators and authorities forced the crowd to disband.
Prosecutors allege that after the crowd broke up, Fields drove his car toward the area where a racially diverse group of people had gathered to protest the rally.
They say he rapidly accelerated his gray Dodge Challenger into the crowd. The car then reversed and fled.
Fields, who has been described by authorities and others who knew him as an admirer of Adolf Hitler, was arrested a relatively short while later. He has been in custody since the attack.
According to an indictment, Fields expressed white supremacist views on social media ahead of the rally, such as support for Hitler’s policies, including the Holocaust.
As he prepared to leave for Charlottesville, a family member sent him a text message urging him to be careful and Fields replied: ‘We’re not the ones who need to be careful,’ attaching an image of Hitler, the indictment said.
The morning of the rally, Fields engaged in chants promoting or expressing white supremacist and other racist views, according to the indictment.
One of the federal charges Fields faces carries the death penalty, although prosecutors have not decided yet whether they will seek that punishment.
The local commonwealth’s attorney whose office is prosecuting the state-level charges has said the federal indictment will have no effect on that pending case. Fields is set to face trial on those charges later this year.

Heather Heyer 4Fields is on trial for killing Heather Heyer [photo] whom he ran over and killed in Charlottesville, Va

The morning of the rally, Fields engaged in chants promoting or expressing white supremacist and other racist views, according to the indictment.

One of the federal charges Fields faces carries the death penalty, although prosecutors have not decided yet whether they will seek that punishment.
The local commonwealth’s attorney whose office is prosecuting the state-level charges has said the federal indictment will have no effect on that pending case. Fields is set to face trial on those charges later this year.
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