UPDATED Aug. 14, 11:23 a.m. ET: On Monday morning, media outlets have reported James A. Fields Jr. was denied bail.
BREAKING: The suspect in the Charlottesville, Virginia rally attack, James Field, has been held without bail.— WRVA Richmond (@1140WRVA) August 14, 2017
During the brief hearing, Fields says he did not have funds for an attorney to represent him. A public defender has been appointed to him. His next court date is Aug. 25.
Judge Robert Downey appointed attny Charles Webber, who he called "very experienced" to represent Fields.— Ned Oliver (@nedoliver) August 14, 2017
JUST IN | Here's what came out in court today for James Alex Fields' first hearing. pic.twitter.com/gBJWcJzzI5— ABC 13 News - WSET (@ABC13News) August 14, 2017
See original story from 08/13/2017 below.
Authorities have identified the woman reportedly killed by James A. Fields Jr. during Saturday’s white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia as 32-year-old Heather Heyer. According to Charlottesville Police Chief Alfred Thomas Jr., Heyer was crossing the street when Fields allegedly struck her and dozens of others with his Dodge Challenger after he participated in the rally.
Friends and family members of Heyer said she was a paralegal with the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville. A GoFundMe page opened in Heyer’s name has raised over $57,000, and while law officials have yet to confirm if Heyer was a part of Saturday’s counter-protests, those responsible for the page indicated she was.
“She always had a very strong sense of right and wrong, she always, even as a child, was very caught up in what she believed to be fair,” Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, told HuffPo. “Somehow I almost feel that this is what she was born to be, is a focal point for change. I’m proud that what she was doing was peaceful, she wasn’t there fighting with people.”
Heyer changed her Facebook cover photo in November to read, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” The quote was widely assumed to be related to the friction caused in the area by neo-Confederates and white supremacists agitating against removing and renaming multiple Confederate memorials in the area.
Bro also spoke on Fields, saying, “I’m sorry he believed that hate could fix problems. Hate only brings more hate.”
In light of Heyer’s killing, Virginia Mayor Terry McAuliffe sent his condolences to Heyer’s family stating, “Her bravery should inspire all to come together.”
My heart goes out to Heather Heyer's family. She died standing up against hate & bigotry. Her bravery should inspire all to come together. pic.twitter.com/1Zbi2D2Vgq— Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) August 13, 2017
James A. Fields Jr. has reportedly been held without bail and booked for malicious wounding, suspicion of second-degree murder, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.