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Charlottesville suspect to face new charges of first-degree murder

Originaire de l'Ohio, James Alex Fields Jr, 20 ans, est suspecté d'être le conducteur du véhicule qui a foncé dans la foule, le 12 août 2017 à Charlottesville
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White nationalist accused of plowing his car into a crowd killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, wounding others

The white nationalist accused of plowing into a crowd during a rally in Charlottesville in August now faces new charges of first-degree murder, NBC reported Thursday.

The decision comes after a preliminary court hearing in which a video of the individual, James Alex Fields Jr., was presented, displaying the suspect driving his car into the crowd of protesters during a white nationalist rally, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.  

Prosecutors said they would increase Fields' second-degree murder charge, which he previously faced. And, according to the report, the case will now be presented to a grand jury for an indictment.

James Alex Fields Jr., was charged with second-degree murder, after the incident, as well as three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death.

The car-ramming occurred in August after a far-right rally planned on the University of Virginia campus to protest the removal of a Confederate general was shut down before it began after it was declared "unlawful". The white nationalist rally had dispersed when the car drove into the counter-protesters.

After the attack, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that incident "meets the definition of domestic terrorism" and condemned the act. 

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