Jury Expected to See Massive Amount of Video Evidence During Fields Trial
Jurors are expected to see unprecedented amounts of video evidence during the weeks-long trial of James Alex Fields Junior.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Jurors are expected to see unprecedented amounts of video evidence during the weeks-long trial of James Alex Fields Junior.
From the sky to the ground, many cameras were rolling during and right after a car attack on Charlottesville’s Fourth Street on August 12, 2017.
Those involved in the case tell NBC29 it's really been a daunting task to comb through all the video connected to that deadly incident along the Downtown Mall.
Footage shown to the jury will, at times, be graphic.
Drones were in the sky that afternoon, tracking a group of counter demonstrators as they made their way along Water Street before turning up Fourth Street. Fields is accused of intentionally driving into the marchers, injuring dozens, and killing Heather Heyer.
A Virginia State Police helicopter was also in the sky tracking developments tied to the Unite the Right rally.
Legal analyst Lloyd Snook cautions jurors can have mixed feelings about evidence.
"On the one hand, jurors sometimes think of video evidence like you think of television, like you think of ‘fake news’: it doesn't have quite the same cache that you might have given to it, say 15 or 20 years ago when, it was a little rarer," Snook explained. "On the other hand, jurors now-a-days kind of expect there will be video. That there will be scientific evidence, that there will be DNA evidence, even on a bad check case. You know, there are certain expectations jurors bring and you've got to fulfill them."
Snook says it's an expectation that the prosecutors have to fulfill.
Fields' trial in Charlottesville Circuit Court is set to begin Monday, November 26. He is charged with first-degree murder, as well as several counts of malicious wounding.