In the U.S., a male white supremacist who drove his auto into a counter demonstrator at a rally in Charlotsville in the state of Virginia, has been found guilty of murder. Fields faces life in prison.
Fields's lawyers said that he acted over his fears for his own safety.
In addition to first-degree murder, which carries a possible life sentence, James Alex Fields Jr was found guilty of five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three of malicious wounding, and one hit-and-run count.
Defence attorneys never disputed that Fields was behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger that sent bodies flying when it crashed into a crowd on 12 August past year, killing counter-protester Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 others.
During closing arguments Thursday, prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony portrayed Fields as a hateful young man who idled his vehicle for more than a minute before backing up and then speeding into the crowd, killing Heyer and injuring dozens of other people. The trial featured emotional testimony from survivors who described devastating injuries and long, complicated recoveries.
Heyer, who was 32 and a paralegal, had never protested before the demonstration against the Unite the Right rally, a friend who was at the protest told NPR. She testified she and Calhoun were approached by Fields and another man, who suggested they travel together as there is safety in numbers.
Fields has separately been indicted on federal hate crime charges, which allow for the death penalty.
Afterward, Trump inflamed tensions even further when he said "both sides" were to blame, a comment some saw as a refusal to condemn racism.
Fields had driven to Charlottesville from his home in OH to take part in the "Unite the Right" demonstration, which saw hundreds of neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan members march through the university town to protest the removal of a statue of a Confederate War general.
During the trial, prosecutors introduced evidence that Mr. Fields meant to commit harm when he drove from OH to attend the rally, which featured neo-Nazis bearing swastikas and Ku Klux Klan members.
According to The Associated Press, he also told his mother while in jail that he was mobbed "by a violent group of terrorists" at the rally.
Three months before the incident, Fields also posted a meme on Instagram, showing an image of a crowd of people being hit by a auto. When Fields' mother responded, she noted how Heyer's mother Susan Bro "lost her daughter".
The defendant was known in high school for being fascinated with Nazism and Hitler, a former teacher said. Jurors were shown a text message he sent to his mother days before the rally that included an image of the notorious German dictator. He shared a photo of Adolf Hitler with the message: "We're not the one (sic) who need to be careful".