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Federal grand jury indicts James Alex Fields Jr. on hate crimes and other charges
City of Charlottesville
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2018
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - In a federal indictment returned earlier today, a grand jury charged James Alex Fields Jr. with one count of a hate crime act resulting in the death of Heather Heyer, 28 counts of hate crime acts causing bodily injury, and one count of racially motivated violent interference with a federally protected activity.
The Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has been continuously updated on the status of this ongoing federal investigation. It is important to note that today’s federal indictment has no effect on the state charges currently pending against Mr. Fields. A three week jury trial on the state charges is expected to begin in Charlottesville Circuit Court on Monday November 26, 2018.
Rule 3.6 of the Virginia State Bar's Rules of Professional Conduct states, in pertinent part: "A lawyer participating in or associated with the… prosecution … of a criminal matter that may be tried to a jury shall not make or participate in making an extrajudicial statement… that the lawyer knows, or should know, will have a substantial likelihood of interfering with the fairness of a trial by jury." As a result, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Charlottesville will have no further comment at this time. Please bear in mind that neither state or federal indictments are evidence of guilt and that Mr. Fields is presumed to be innocent.