A jury is expected to hear conflicting versions of what happened during a deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia last year as an Ohio man accused of killing a woman and injuring dozens of others goes on trial.

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)

James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, is 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. Civil rights activist Heather Heyer was killed.

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)

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

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)

Opening statements are expected Thursday after a group of 28 prospective jurors is reduced to 16 jurors who will hear the case.

Source: The Associated Press

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