Charlottesville attack suspect pleads not guilty to hate crimes
James Fields, the man accused of driving his car into a crowd of protesters during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer – leading to the death of one woman – pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal hate crime charges.
Fields, 21, from Ohio, made the appearance in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville after being charged last week with 30 federal crimes in relation to the Aug. 12, 2017 attack.
He’s also been charged under Virginia law with murder and additional crimes.
One of the federal charges Fields faces carries the death penalty, but prosecutors have yet to announce whether they will pursue that punishment.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.