A US neo-Nazi man is set to go on trial for murder after allegedly ramming his car into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally last year in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and underscoring the rising racial tensions in the US under President Donald Trump.
James Fields, 21, who is due to go on trial on Monday, was among hundreds of white nationalists who attended the “Unite the Right” rally on August 12, 2017, where prosecutors say he plowed his car into people protesting the event, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 others.
According to court documents, the jury trial in Charlottesville Circuit Court is scheduled to last 18 days, through December 13.
Fields has been indicted by state prosecutors in Virginia with 10 criminal charges. The US Department of Justice has also indicted Fields separately on 30 federal hate crimes charges.
If Fields is convicted, he could face the death penalty.
A resident of Ohio,…