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Charlottesville attack suspect pleads not guilty to hate crime

James Alex Fields Jr., the man accused of driving his car into a crowd of protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal hate crime charges.

(Charlottesville Police)

James Fields, the man accused of driving his car into a crowd of protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer – that leads to the death of a woman – pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal hate crime charges.

Fields, 21, from Ohio, made the appearance in the U. S. District Court in Charlottesville after he was accused of last week with 30 federal crimes in relation to the attack that injured dozens of people on Aug. 12, 2017.

He also is charged under Virginia law with murder and additional crimes.

Some of those who were wounded that day in the courtroom Thursday; a guffawed when he said: “not guilty.”

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He did the request for release on bail and sent back to the state of the prison where he is held.

Fields said he medication for numerous mental health disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and anxiety.

“Unite the Right” rally drew hundreds of white nationalists at the college to the city, where officials planned for the removal of a statue of Connected Gene. Robert E. Lee. Hundreds more came out to protest against the white-nationalists.

The car attack came after the vicious fighting broke out between white nationalists and counterdemonstrators, and the authorities forced the crowd to disband.

One of the federal charges Fields faces carries the death penalty, but prosecutors have yet to tell if they will follow that punishment.

Fox News’ Anne Ball and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Matt Richardson is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @MRichardson713.

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