Jury to hear opening statements in white nationalist trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A jury has been seated in the trial of an Ohio man accused of killing a woman and injuring dozens at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year.

Jury selection was completed Thursday morning in the trial of James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio. He’s charged with first-degree murder and accused of driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017.

Opening statements from prosecutors and Fields’ lawyers were expected to begin after a brief court recess.

Fields’ lawyer has indicated Fields may claim he was acting in self-defense. Prosecutors say he intentionally plowed his car into the group.

A jury of 12 regular jurors and four alternates will hear the case.

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