Man convicted of first-degree murder following 2017 Charlottesville riot death

James Alex Fields Jr

James Alex Fields Jr

"Fields is the face of violent white supremacy in our country", she said.

Fields, who expounded neo-nazi and white supremacist ideals prior to the attack, was recently charged with first-degree murder for killing Heyer.

An American neo-Nazi was found guilty of murder on Friday for killing a woman when ramming his auto into counter-protesters at a 2017 white supremacist rally that made Charlottesville a byword for racial violence under President Donald Trump.

Three months before the incident, Fields also posted a meme on Instagram, showing an image of a crowd of people being hit by a auto.

A state jury rejected defense arguments that James Alex Fields Jr. acted in self-defense during a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed News had reported that in a phone call with his mother in December of 2017-months after plowing into Heyer and at least 35 other people with his vehicle-Fields had referred to Heyer as "that one girl who died, or whatever" and said her death "doesn't fucking matter".

He was found guilty on all of the charges he was facing, ABC affiliate WSET reports, which included first-degree murder as well as eight other charges relating to injuries and one relating to fleeing the scene of an accident.

Fields's defence team did not contest that he was behind the wheel of the gray Dodge Challenger when it struck activists who had descended upon the Virginia city to counter a "Unite the Right" rally.

"This is the best I've been in a year and a half", Bowie said.

About a dozen civil rights activists who were outside the courthouse awaiting a verdict in the trial of James Alex Fields Jr. are celebrating his first-degree-murder conviction.

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Jury deliberations began on Thursday night, after Charlottesville prosecutors' closing arguments.

Spencer had questioned whether Fields could get a fair trial since the case was "so emotional".

Spencer popularized the term "alt-right" to describe a fringe movement loosely mixing white nationalism, anti-Semitism and other far-right extremist views.

In this August 12, 2017 photo, James Alex Fields Jr., second from left, holds a black shield in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist rally took place.

He slammed his auto into the group, killing the 32-year-old Heyer and injuring 35 others.

The defendant's lawyer, John Hill, argued that Fields had acted in self-defense and that he drove the auto into throngs of people out of fear.

The controversy grew when Trump said there were some "very bad people" on both sides, but that some who came out to protest the removal of Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue were "fine people".

The jury will reconvene Monday to recommend a sentence.

The 21-year-old with ties to the hate group Vanguard America is now facing up to life in prison.

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