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Charlottesville jury to start deliberations in Alex Fields murder trial

A jury is set to begin deliberating in the murder trial of an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring dozens.

A prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments on Thursday that 21-year-old James Alex Fields Jr had hate and violence on his mind when he plunged the car into the crowd. Defense attorneys argued Fields had plowed into the crowd out of fear.

Jurors are scheduled to get the case on Friday morning.

Fields is charged with first-degree murder and other felonies for the August 2017 crash that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Her death came after police forced a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville to disband after participants had clashed with counter-demonstrators earlier.

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