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Victim Notification - James A. Fields, Jr.

The Case Description:


Defendant JAMES ALEX FIELDS JR. is a white male who, on August 12, 2017, was twenty years old.   Prior to August 12, 2017, Fields obtained multiple social media accounts, which he used to express his beliefs regarding race, national origin, religion and other topics.  On these accounts, Fields expressed and promoted his belief that white people are superior to other races and peoples; expressed support of the social and racial policies of Adolf Hitler and Nazi-era Germany, including the Holocaust, and espoused violence against African Americans, Jewish people and members of other racial, ethnic and Religious groups he perceived to be non-white.  Fields also expressed these views directly in interactions with individuals known to him.

In or around the spring of 2017, an event referred to as the “Unite the Right” rally was organized and scheduled to occur on August 12, 2017, at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, which is within the Western District of Virginia.  This rally was widely promoted on social media and internet sites associated with white supremacist individuals and groups, and was scheduled to feature a lineup of well-known white supremacist speakers.  On or before August 8, 2017, Fields decided to attend the United the Right rally in Charlottesville.

On August 12, 2017, shortly before the scheduled start of the Unite the Right rally, law enforcement declared an unlawfully assembly and required rally participants, including Fields, to disperse.   Fields returned to his vehicle and began to drive on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.  Later that day, Fields drove his car into a racially and ethnically diverse crowd of individuals, who were chanting and carrying signs promoting equality and protesting against racial and other forms of discrimination, striking numerous individuals and killing one.

On June 27, 2018, a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Charlottesville, Virginia (Western District of Virginia) indicted Fields on 30 counts relating to that incident, one of which is death penalty eligible.


Familiar Names

Thomas T. Cullen

United States Attorney

Western District of Virginia

Christopher Kavanaugh

Assistant United States Attorney

Western District of Virginia

Risa Berkower

Trial Attorney

DOJ – Civil Rights Division

Rachel Kincaid

Trial Attorney

DOJ – Civil Rights Division

Annette Cox

Victim Witness Manager

Western District of Virginia

Brian McGinn

Public Affairs Specialist

Western District of Virginia


Pending Dates

Death Penalty Review In Process
Trial Pending 2019 (TBD)
Status Conference

March 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
United States District Court-Charlottesville, Virginia

January 31, 2019, 11:00 a.m.  (Continued)
United States District Court-Charlottesville, Virginia


Charges and Custody Status








Count One
Hate Crime Resulting in Death
18 USC 249(a)(1)

Count Two-Twenty Nine
Hate Crime Act Involving and Attempt to Kill
18 USC 249(a)(1)

Count Thirty
Bias-Motivated Interference with Federally Protected Activity Resulting in Death
18 USC 245 (b)(2)(B)

Custody Status Defendant remains incarcerated and in federal custody


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am a victim?

  1. If you were listed as a victim in the indictment by your initials, you are a victim.
  2. If you suffered an injury in the car attack, but were not included in the indictment, you are a victim.
  3. If you were not injured, but witnessed this crime of violence, and have suffered emotionally, you may be a victim. 


I was injured and have unpaid medical bills.  How can I get those paid?

                If you have not already done so, please contact the Virginia Victim’s Fund at  or 1-800-552-4007.    You will need to fill out their forms and to provide them with several required documents.


I have information about the case, who do I call?

                Please contact the FBI Office in Charlottesville, Virginia at 434-293-9663.

I have information about other crimes committed in Charlottesville on August 11/12, 2017.

                Please contact the FBI Office in Charlottesville, Virginia at 434-293-9663.

I was supposed to get money from the (one of multiple) fund for my lost wages, mortgage, car payment etc. but never received any money, how do I go about getting my money?  Or When?

                Please contact those funds directly.  The US Attorney’s Office prosecuting this case is not affiliated with any of the fundraising groups or efforts and cannot provide you any additional information. 

If I receive a subpoena, will the government pay my travel?

                In most cases, yes.  If you receive a subpoena, someone from the US Attorney’s Office will contact you to discuss travel arrangements and options.

I am a victim who did not receive a subpoena and want to attend the trial, but cannot afford it. 

                Once the trial date has been set, please contact us to discuss some options that may be available to you.


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Updated February 13, 2019

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