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Charlottesville attack: Homicide case against Ohioan heads to grand jury

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 8:46 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

The case against James Alex Fields Jr., the Ohioan and suspected driver in the deadly Charlottesville car-ramming, is headed to a Virginia grand jury. 

Fields initially was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, of Charlottesville in the incident in August that left more than 30 people injured. 

After a preliminary hearing in Charlottesville Circuit Court on Thursday, Judge Robert Downer Jr. granted a motion to certify the following in the case against Fields and three others: 

  • One felony count of first-degree murder,
  • One felony count of hit and run, 
  • Five felony counts of aggravated malicious wounding 

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The judge also granted the commonwealth attorney's request to certify felony counts against three other defendants. The charges are discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school and malicious wounding. 

Fields's case -- and the cases of three other defendants in the Charlottesville riot incident -- will be presented to a Charlottesville Circuit Court grand jury on Dec. 18. 

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for the city did not comment on Downer's rulings.

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