Man accused of plowing into crowd, killing 1 in Charlottesville due in court

Man accused of plowing into crowd, killing 1 in Charlottesville due in court

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - The man accused of driving his car into a crowd of protesters back in August and killing one person will make his next court appearance. Three other men are also scheduled to appear in court.

James Alex Fields Jr., of Ohio, will appear at the Charlottesville Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Thursday. Police are increasing security and limiting what items can be brought into court. According to NBC affiliate WVIR, officials met on Wednesday to put a plan together in case crowds get out of control on Thursday.

Back in August, Fields said he did not have the money to hire a lawyer. However, one of the victims is related to the public defender. The judge denied him bond during his arraignment on Aug. 14.

He faces a second-degree murder charge, as well as nine other charges.

Fields is suspected of driving into the crowd of people who were counter-protesting the "Unite the Right Rally." Heather Heyer, 32, died in the crash. Nearly 20 people were injured.

A video surfaced after the incident that showed Fields taking part in the rally beforehand.

Alex Ramos and Jacob Goodwin are also set to appear in court. Both are facing charges of allegedly beating a man inside a parking garage during the rally.

A fourth person, Richard Preston, who, according to WVIR, is a Baltimore-leader of the KKK, is charged with firing a gun within 1,000 feet of a school during the rally.

All of the cases are technically going through Charlottesville General District Court but will be heard Thursday in the larger circuit courtroom because of the media attention.

WVIR is also reporting several schools near the court area are also taking extra security measures, including one preschool that will actually be closed.

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