by Democracy Now! / The States
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – James Alex Fields Jr. appeared in court via video link from jail for his first court appearance, where he was charged with second-degree murder for driving his car through a crowd of counterprotesters during the white supremacist rally on Saturday, killing counterprotester Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. He was denied bond.
Twenty-year-old Fields is a Nazi sympathizer who had driven from Ohio to Charlottesville to rally with the white supremacists before allegedly carrying out the deadly assault with his car. More details about Fields’s life emerged on Monday. He’s been accused of repeatedly assaulting his mother, Samantha Bloom, who is disabled and uses a wheelchair. Records show his mother repeatedly called 911 to report Fields was threatening her or had assaulted her. She says he’s threatened her with a foot-long knife, hit her on the head and spit on her.
Military records show he entered the Army in 2015 but flunked out of basic training just a few months later.
One of James Alex Fields’s high school teachers says he was obsessed with Adolf Hitler and Nazi military history and showed clear Nazi sympathies that the teacher tried unsuccessfully to steer him away from.
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