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Trial Set To Begin In Deadly White Nationalist Rally

In this Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, file photo, a counter-protester holds a photo of Heather Heyer on Boston Common at a "Free Speech" rally organized by conservative activists, in Boston. Heyer was killed when a car, driven by James Alex Fields Jr., plowed into a group of people during protests in Charlottesville, Va. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
In this Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, file photo, a counter-protester holds a photo of Heather Heyer on Boston Common at a "Free Speech" rally organized by conservative activists, in Boston. Heyer was killed when a car, driven by James Alex Fields Jr., plowed into a group of people during protests in Charlottesville, Va. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
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The man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year is headed to trial.

James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly driving his car into a crowd of people protesting against white nationalists. A 32-year-old woman was killed and dozens more were injured.

Fields' trial is scheduled to begin Monday.

The "Unite the Right" rally was organized in part to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The event drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville.

A former teacher said Fields was fascinated by Nazism and admired Adolf Hitler.

Few in Charlottesville think Fields' trial will heal the community's wounds or the national's racial divide.

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