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Trial to begin for man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally

Trial to begin for man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally
A counter-protester holds a photo of Heather Heyer at a "Free Speech" rally organized by conservative activists in Boston on Aug. 19, 2017. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)

Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of an Ohio man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year.

James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Fields is accused of driving his car into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalists. Heyer was killed and dozens of others were injured.

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Fields' trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

The “Unite the Right” rally on Aug. 12, 2017, was organized in part to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The event drew hundreds of white nationalists.

The 21-year-old Fields was described by a former teacher as an admirer of Adolf Hitler.

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