Charges Upgraded For Man Accused Of Killing Heather Heyer

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James Alex Fields, Jr.'s indictment has been changed from second-degree to first-degree murder.

The Ohio man accused of killing Heather Heyer after driving his car into a crowd at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last August has now been charged with first degree murder.

James Alex Fields Jr., of Ohio, was originally charged with second-degree murder, but that was upgraded in court on Thursday. That’s not the only charge being certified to the grand jury. There are nine others including several counts of malicious wounding and felonious assault.

Multiple videos of the crash were played in court, including footage shot from a Virginia State Police helicopter that was following the crowd and cellphone video.

Another angle of the crash was taken from restaurant surveillance video. It shows the car approaching the crowd. The video shows the car backing up, then speeding down the street towards the crowd.

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