CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Final preparations are underway in Charlottesville Circuit Court for a three-week, high-profile murder trial.

James Alex Fields Junior is set to stand trial starting Monday, November 26. The Ohio man is accused of killing Heather Heyer, and seriously injuring dozens after the Unite the Right Rally on August 12, 2017.

Fields is facing a total of 10 charges: first-degree murder, multiple counts of malicious wounding, as well as a hit and run charge.

Legal Analyst Lloyd Snook says the murder charge comes down to state of mind: "There was right after the incident, there were a series of folks saying, ‘well he was provoked, or, ‘he was scared.’ And certainly, if you are scared - that kind of fear, even if it's not legitimate, self-defense kind of fear - it could be the basis for a reduction to manslaughter."

Jurors will have the option to convict Fields on the lesser charge of manslaughter, if they decide the commonwealth’s does not meet the requirements for first-degree-murder. A major factor is premeditation, meaning evidence would have to prove Fields planned the car attack.

Snook explains, "Premeditation, which is the essence of first-degree murder, does not have to exist for a long time. It's not like I came to Charlottesville with the intention of killing somebody. It could be something as simple as when I gunned the car forward I had in mind that I was going to hurt or kill somebody."

If convicted on all charges, Fields faces a minimum of 135 years in prison.

In addition to this, Fields has a federal case pending, where he could face the death penalty.