The trial for James Alex Fields Jr., the man accused of murdering Heather Heyer during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. last year, is scheduled to begin on Monday with jury selection.
As the Associated Press notes, Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, is facing first-degree murder charges in Heyer’s death. Fields is accused of plowing his car into a group of protesters standing up against the white nationalists, killing Heyer and injuring multiple others.
Fields is also facing charges of malicious wounding, aggravated malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident involving a death.
According to CNN, Judge Richard Moore is giving the trial 18 days, and has established rules and numerous arrangements to accommodate the press and public.
The now infamous “Unite the Right” rally, which was held on Aug. 12, 2017, was part of the protests going on about the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, with the event drawing hundreds of white supremacists to Charlottesville.
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