Attorneys in James Alex Fields Case Discuss Jury Selection
Charlottesville Circuit Court is taking up pretrial motions related to James Alex Fields Jr.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville Circuit Court is taking up pretrial motions related to James Alex Fields Jr.
Attorneys discussed logistics on Thursday for the three-week trial which is expected to draw the largest jury pool in the city's history. The question at hand is whether or not the attorneys in the case will find unbiased people.
"I think that they will probably get a jury of people who say 'Yes, I know something about the case, but I don't know so much about the case that I've made up my mind as to whether James Fields did this intentionally,'" said NBC29 legal analyst Lloyd Snook.
The jury pool is expected to consist of 360 people and could take three or more days to select. A judge has already declined to grant a defense-requested venue change.
The Ohio man is facing one count of first-degree murder, as well as multiple charges of malicious wounding. He is accused of driving into a crowd of people in the area of 4th Street along the Downtown Mall last year, which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer and dozens being injured.
Fields was also indicted on 30 federal hate crimes by a grand jury in June. He is due in federal court for a status hearing in December which will fall in the middle of his three-week trial on the state level.