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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." 

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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