Accused White Supremacist James Fields Held Without Bail on Second Degree Murder Charge Over ISIS-Like Car Attack

Accused White Supremacist James Fields Held Without Bail on Second Degree Murder Charge Over ISIS-Like Car Attack

A former teacher says the alleged domestic terrorist idolized Adolph Hitler and sympathized with Nazis in high school.

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UPDATE AUGUST 14:

The 20-year-old white supremacist who is facing second-degree murder and other charges after allegedly driving a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, was ordered held without bail on Monday, reported the New York Daily News

In addition to second-degree murder, James Fields Jr. faces charges of malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident resulting in a death. The terrorist act of driving a car into a group of anti-racism demonstrators resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and the injuring 19 others.

According to Fields's former high school teachers, the suspect sympathized with Nazis and idolized Adolph Hitler. 

Derek Weimer, Fields's social studies teacher at Randall K. Cooper high school in Union, Kentucky, told the Associated Press about Fields's troubling interests. 

"Once you talked to James for a while, you would start to see that sympathy towards Nazism, that idolization of Hitler, that belief in white supremacy," Weimer told AP. "It would start to creep out."

Weimer also said Fields was a big Trump supporter and felt particularly strong about Trump's promise to build a border wall with Mexico. 

UPDATE AUGUST 12:

A suspect has been named in the terrorist attack on anti-hate protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

James Alex Fields Jr,. a registered Republican, was booked in jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to the Washington Post. The 20-year-old is from Maumee, Ohio, outside of Toledo.

We'll bring you more as information becomes available.

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One person has died and 34 more were injured after a vehicle plowed through a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A “Unite the Right” rally was held in the city on Saturday by white supremacists and nationalists with an aim of protesting the removal of a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

State police and the Virginia National Guard moved in on the park after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. The alt-right protest was also declared as an unlawful assembly.

The car, which video captured of the incident showed to be a silver Dodge Charger, plowed through a group of demonstrators who were counter protesting the white nationalist march. You can see people removed from the ground after the vehicle rear-ended two other vehicles forcing what is now being investigated as a terrorist attack. The vehicle then backed up and drove away, further fueling speculation that the incident was no accident.

The CPD estimated that between 2,000 and 6,000 people planned to attend the "Unite the Right" rally, reports local newspaper The Daily Progress. The goal of the controversial event was to unify the far-right wing and "affirm the right of Southerners and white people to organize for their interests," according to its Facebook page.

Watch video below of the car attack. Warning: the footage is graphic.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: (Photo: Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via Getty Images)

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