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Charlottesville Suspect Indicted on 10 Felony Counts, Including First Degree Murder

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James Alex Fields is accused of ramming his vehicle through a crowd of counter-protesters on Aug. 12, 2017, which resulted in one death.
James Alex Fields is accused of ramming his vehicle through a crowd of counter-protesters on Aug. 12, 2017, which resulted in one death.

*The Ohio man accused of mowing down a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has been indicted on 10 felony counts, including first-degree murder, reports the Associated Press.

Court records show a grand jury returned an indictment Monday against 20-year-old James Alex Fields. Prosecutors say he drove into dozens of people protesting the rally that drew hundreds of white nationalists to the Virginia college town. A 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer was killed, and authorities say 35 people were injured.

Fields, described by a former teacher as fascinated with Nazism, was initially charged with second-degree murder. The charge was upgraded last week.

In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 photo, DeAndre Harris, bottom is assaulted in a parking garage beside the Charlottesville police station. Zach D. Roberts / AP file
In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 photo, DeAndre Harris, bottom is assaulted in a parking garage beside the Charlottesville police station. Zach D. Roberts / AP file

Also indicted Monday were three men charged in connection with an attack on 20-year-old DeAndre Harris in a parking garage the day of the rally, and a man charged with firing a gun.

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