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Opening Statements Expected in Charlottesville Hate Case

Jury selection is continuing at a slow pace in the trial of an Ohio man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year.

Opening statements are expected as early as Wednesday.  

James Alex Fields Jr. is charged with first-degree murder and nine other charges for allegedly driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. A 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, was killed, and dozens of others were injured.

Heather Heyer, the young woman killed in Charlottesville Saturday, was remembered at a memorial service as an inspiration for justice.

A woman who was injured in the crash is expected to testify. 

"When I was hit, I had no ideas what was going on," she said Wednesday. 

Jury selection began Monday in a process Judge Richard Moore described as "slow going." 

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As of Wednesday evening the jury was still two jurors short. The jury will be made up of 12 regular jurors, plus four alternates. 

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