The Latest: Bond denied for suspect in Virginia rally death

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WDBJ)
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A judge has denied bond for an Ohio man accused of plowing his car into a crowd at a white nationalist rally.

Judge Robert Downer said during a bond hearing Monday he would appoint a lawyer for James Alex Fields Jr.

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.

The rally was held by white nationalists and others who oppose a plan to remove from a Charlottesville park of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Fields has been in custody since Saturday.

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.

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An Ohio man accused of plowing his car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia is set to make his first court appearance.

Col. Martin Kumer, superintendent at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, says 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. has a bond hearing Monday morning.

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.

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Albemarle Regional jail have confirmed that the driver of the suspect vehicle has been identified as 20-year old James Alex Fields, Jr. from Maumee, Ohio.

Fields is charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failure to stop at a crash that resulted in a death.

VSP have also announced the arrest of three others in Charlottesville today:

• Troy Dunigan, 21 or Chattanooga, Tennessee was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

• Jacob L. Smith, 21 of Louisa, Virginia was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

• James M. O'Brien, 44 of Gainesville, Florida was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed handgun.

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Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas confirmed during Govenor McAuliffe's press conference that there were 35 injuries during the White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Saturday afternoon.

Thomas stated that 14 of those injuries resulted in individual engagement. Nine of the pedestrians were injured from a three-vehicle crash in downtown Charlottesville on 4th Street and Water Street.

Protestors had injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.

One death has been confirmed after a vehicle ran into a crowd during the rally.

The 32-year-old female was crossing the road when she was struck by the suspect driver. The females identity has not been disclosed at this time.

The male driving the suspect vehicle is now in custody and charges are pending.

Thomas said that they are treating this as a criminal homicide investigation.

Please stay with WDBJ7 for this is a developing story.