The Five Most Compelling Moments So Far in the ‘Unite the Right’ Murder Trial
Prosecutors alleged Fields made two posts on Instagram showing a picture of a car running into a crowd labeled “progressives.” The posts on May 12, 2017 and May 17, 2017 — some three months before the rally — are expected to be shown to the jury later in the trial, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Nina Antony said. Antony’s opening statement marked the first time news of the Instagram posts had been made public.
2. There’s no dispute Fields was behind the wheel
The prosecution and defense agreed that Fields drove his car into the crowd of counterprotesters and that 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer died that day.
Defense lawyers focused on the chaos of the day. Prosecutors zeroed in on the calmer mood in the afternoon just before the collision. “This is not about what he did,” Antony said. “It’s about what his intent was when he did it.”