Charlottesville car attack suspect facing upped first-degree murder charge

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him.

Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex Fields that they were seeking to upgrade the second-degree murder charge he previously faced in the August 12 collision in Charlottesville that left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and dozens injured. The judge agreed to that and ruled there is probable cause for all charges against Fields to proceed.

Fields’ case will now be presented to a grand jury for an indictment.

The Anti-Defamation League said it applauded the decision.

We applaud the determination and swiftness of the prosecutors in the case to bring about justice for the murder of Heather Heyer in #Charlottesville

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