James Alex Fields, Jr. was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit-and-run, Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent Martin Kumer told The Washington Post. He is being held without bail.
Fields, 20 years of age, is believed to be active duty Army. His home is in Maumee, Ohio.
Tech reporter for The Hill Taylor Lorenz reports that police believe the suspect didn’t intentionally mow down protesters out of malice intent. Lorenz reports that authorities believe that the suspect acted out of fear as protesters swarmed the vehicle, some allegedly acting violent.
However, the eyewitnesses are all insisting it was deliberate. If Fields didn’t mean to mow down protesters, he won’t get a fair shake. The police chief has already convicted him.
If he is guilty, he deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Charlottesville Police Chief, Al Thomas, said the violence was premeditated. It is being treated as a criminal homicide investigation.
Witnesses referred to the crash as a “deliberate act of terrorism.” Others said the car appeared to deliberately mow down pedestrians.
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