Motions Hearing for James Alex Fields Jr. Held in Charlottesville on Monday
Prosecutors and attorneys for James Alex Fields Jr. gathered at City Circuit Court on Monday afternoon for a motions hearing.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The man accused of driving a car into a crowd of counterdemonstrators in 2017 was back before a Charlottesville judge on Monday.
Prosecutors and attorneys for James Alex Fields Jr. gathered at Charlottesville Circuit Court on Monday afternoon for a motions hearing. Most business was done behind closed doors with Judge Richard Moore, who is expected to issue several orders ahead of the anticipated three-week trial.
Some of the orders expected to be issued by Judge Moore include guidelines for safety and security during the trial. In August, Judge Moore denied a request to move the trial out of Charlottesville by Fields’ attorneys, who claimed there was no chance of an impartial jury in Charlottesville.
Fields is facing a slew of charges, including second-degree murder. If he is found guilty on federal charges, Fields could face the death penalty.
Heyer was taking part in a counterdemonstration in the area of 4th Street when she was fatally struck by a car. Authorities believe Heyer’s injuries were a result of an intentional attack by Fields.
Fields’ trial starts at the end of November.