Saturday, August 12, 2017

James A. Fields Charged with Murder in Crash of Auto into Charlottesville Counter-Protester Crowd

Jon Swaine of the Guardian reports that Charlottesville jail superintendent says James A. Fields, 20, of OH, is charged w / murder, 3 x malicious wounding, failing to stop at deadly accident.


Fields is from a suburb of Toledo, Ohio.

The Toledo Blade reports:

Samantha Bloom, Mr. Fields’ mother, told a Blade reporter her son texted her Friday to say he had dropped his cat off at her Monclova Township apartment so he could go to an “alt-right” rally in Virginia.

“I told him to be careful,” Ms. Bloom said. “[And] if they’re going to rally to make sure he’s doing it peacefully.”

It didn’t appear that happened, she said tearfully.

She had returned from dinner Saturday evening unaware that her son was involved and had not yet been contacted by authorities.

He had told her about the rally last week, but didn’t offer details about its extremist nature.

“I thought it had something to do with Trump,” she said.

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