Bond denied for man accused of driving into counter protesters in Charlottesville

A judge has denied bond for an Ohio man accused of plowing his car into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally.

Judge Robert Downer said during a bond hearing Monday he would appoint a lawyer for James Alex Fields, Jr.

Fields reportedly can't afford an attorney. He worked at Securitas Security making $650 bi-weekly.

Fields is charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he drove into the crowd, fatally injuring one woman and hurting 19 others.

One of those injured was Natalie Romero from Houston.

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The rally was held by white nationalists and others who oppose a plan to remove from a Charlottesville park of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Fields is accused of driving his car into a crowd that gathered to protest the white nationalist rally.

Fields has been in custody since Saturday.

A high school teacher said Fields was fascinated with Nazism, idolized Adolf Hitler and had been singled out by school officials in the 9th grade for his "deeply held, radical" convictions on race.

The next time Fields is expected to appear in court is August 25 at 11 a.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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