CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) – The white nationalist who drove a car into a crowd of protesters last year at a rally in Virginia began to sob and whimper after the police told him he had killed someone his trial on Tuesday.
A few minutes after the chaos of the "Unite the Right" collection in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, James Fields listened to footage shot of a detective's body-worn camera in which he said he was had acted in self-defense.
"I did not want to hurt people, but I thought they were going to attack me," Fields told the police, according to video footage that had been played by the jury, who would soon vote on whether to sentence Fields to 10 charges , including murder.
After the police arrested him, Fields, 21
"There were people with injuries, one died," says a detective Fields, according to the police station.
Then you hear Fields sobbing, whimpering and gasping for air.
Steven Young, the case's lead detective, testified that it took about two minutes to calm him down. "Mr. Fields seemed to be in a panic," Young said in court.
Fields was one of hundreds of white nationalists who came to Charlottesville last year to protest the planned removal of a statue commemorating the US Civil War Conference At a rally the night before the incident, demonstrators wore torches and sang anti-Semitic slogans.
Heather Heyer was killed after Fields drove his car against them and other protesters, seriously injuring others.  19659002] On Tuesday, Judge Richard Moore allowed the jury's prosecutor to show an exchange of mobile phone messages between Fields and his mother the day before Fields traveled to Charlottesville.
"I have the weekend off," Fields wrote to his mother "I can take part in the rally."
"Be careful," answered Fields & # 39; Mother.  "We are not the one who has to be careful," Field wrote. He also contributed a picture of Adolf Hitler.
Judge Moore told the jury that they needed to weigh whether the exchange and image of the Nazi leader would show if Fields had any intentional intent.
Letter from Jonathan Allen; Editing by Jonathan Oatis