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Charlottesville Nazi Driver’s “Snowflake Defense” Fails, Found Guilty Of First Degree Murder

Earlier this week we reported that James Fields, the 21 year old self-proclaimed Nazi who rammed his car into a group of people and  killed one woman and injured others protesting the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville was using the “Snowflake Defense” at his trial in which claimed that he acted in self-defense because he felt afraid, threatened, and endangered by the counter-protesters.

His defense failed.

The Washington Post reports:

An avowed supporter of neo-Nazi beliefs who took part in the violent and chaotic white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in this city last year was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder for killing a woman by ramming his car through a crowd of counterprotesters.

A jury of seven women and five men began deliberating Friday morning and took just over seven hours to reach its decision that James Alex Fields Jr., 21, of Maumee, Ohio, acted with premeditation when he backed up his 2010 Dodge Challenger and then roared it down a narrow downtown street crowded with counter protesters, slamming into them and another car. Heather D. Heyer, 32, was killed and 35 others injured, many grievously.

In her final address to the jury Thursday, Senior-Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nina-Alice Antony showed a close-up of Fields in his car to rebut the idea that he was frightened when he acted.

“This is not the face of someone who is scared,” Antony said. “This is the face of anger, of hatred. It’s the face of malice.”

Fields still faces a federal trial on hate crimes that carries the possibility of the death penalty.

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