Closing Arguments Expected in White Nationalist Trial in Charlottesville - NBC4 Washington

Closing Arguments Expected in White Nationalist Trial in Charlottesville



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    In this Aug. 19, 2017, file photo, a counter-protester holds a photo of Heather Heyer at a "Free Speech" rally organized by conservative activists in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Jurors in the trial of a man accused of killing a woman and injuring dozens at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 are expected to hear closing arguments in the case after testimony from final defense witnesses.

    James Alex Fields Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and other counts for driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed.

    Closing arguments are expected Thursday afternoon after the defense calls its last witnesses. 

    Fields' lawyers don't dispute that he plowed his car into the counterprotesters, but say he feared for his life after witnessing violent clashes between the two sides earlier that day.

    Prosecutors say Fields drove from his home in Maumee, Ohio, to support the white nationalists. They say he was angry and intentionally struck the counterprotesters.

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