Suspect in deadly Virginia car ramming denied bond

James Alex Fields Jr. in a photo from WAVY TV along with an image from CBS News of the crash.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An Ohio man accused of plowing his car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia was denied bond in initial court appearance.

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, appeared before a judge Monday morning. The judge ordered Fields remain behind bars without bond.

Fields is charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he drove into the crowd, fatally injuring one woman and hurting 19 others.

Fields has been in custody since Saturday. Jail officials told The Associated Press they don’t know if he’s obtained an attorney.

A high school teacher said Fields was fascinated with Nazism, idolized Adolf Hitler and had been singled out by school officials in the 9th grade for his “deeply held, radical” convictions on race.

Fields is scheduled to appear in court again August 25.

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