White supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. was convicted today of fatally running over Heather Heyer, a woman who was part of a group of anti-fascist protesters protesting against the presence of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville (USA) in August of 2017.
In issuing his verdict late on Friday afternoon, the jury of that locality of the state of Virginia rejected the arguments of the lawyers of Fields, who assured that the young person of 21 years "acted in self-defense", according to local means.
Likewise, Fields' defense had requested that the trial be held in another court given the commotion caused by the outrage in the town of Charlottesville, a request that was dismissed by Judge Richard E. Moore.
Prosecutors said Fields deliberately drove his car into a crowd of counter demonstrators from the "Unite to the Right" march, killing Heyer and wounding dozens of people.
Fields was found guilty of the eleven charges he faced and can be sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars starting next Monday, the date on which the deliberations on his sentence begin.
The defendant has another pending trial through the federal system that has not yet been scheduled in which he could be sentenced to death for various hate crimes of which he has declared himself "not guilty".
The case generated a lot of controversy after the US president, Donald Trump, blamed "the two sides" for the violence unleashed in Charlottesville and affirmed that among the neo-Nazis there were "very good people".
The city, with just 50,000 inhabitants, located 200 kilometers southwest of Washington, is still trying to recover from the wounds caused by these violent demonstrations and insists on its frontal opposition to any type of racism in the United States.