A jury has been told there is no dispute that a man on trial for killing a woman at a white nationalist rally plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. The only question is: Did he intend to harm or kill people in the crowd or was he simply afraid for his life?

During opening statements Thursday in the trial of James Alex Fields Jr., jurors were given two sharply conflicting descriptions of his intent on Aug. 12, 2017. The crash killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured dozens.

Prospective jurors leave Charlottesville General District court after being released for he day during jury selection for the trial of James Alex Fields Jr., in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Jury selection lasted late into the evening. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Prospective jurors leave Charlottesville General District court after being released for he day during jury selection for the trial of James Alex Fields Jr., in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Jury selection lasted late into the evening. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A prosecutor said Fields was angry and deliberately aimed his car at counterprotesters after the group clashed with white nationalists earlier.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows James Alex Fields Jr. Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of Fields, accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Charlottesville Circuit Court. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)
FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows James Alex Fields Jr. Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of Fields, accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Charlottesville Circuit Court. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)

Fields’ lawyer said Fields was “scared to death” after witnessing violent street brawling between the two sides.

Source: The Associated Press

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