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James Fields Jr. to Appear Before Federal Judge Thursday

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James Alex Fields Jr. (center) with a shield from the Vanguard America group (FILE IMAGE) James Alex Fields Jr. (center) with a shield from the Vanguard America group (FILE IMAGE)
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The man accused of hate crimes and murder in Charlottesville is slated to go before a federal judge later in the week.

Twenty-one-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. is set to have his initial appearance and arraignment at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 5.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen announced Wednesday, June 27, that a  grand jury had indicted Fields  on 30 new charges related to civil rights violation: one count of a hate crime act resulting in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, one count of racially motivated violent interference with a federally protected activity, and 28 counts of hate crime acts causing bodily injury and involving an attempt to kill.

The Ohio man could face the death penalty if he is found guilty on the charge related to Heyer’s death.

Fields’ hearing was delayed due to federal judges attending a conference. He also faces a first-degree murder charge in state court.

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