Charlottesville Suspect Once Called Concentration Camp 'Where the Magic Happened': Classmates
The 20-year-old man accused of ramming his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Va., killing one, has been denied bond as more details emerge about the suspect's past.
Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 others were injured when a car plowed into demonstrators Saturday. James Alex Fields, Jr., of Ohio, was later arrested and appeared in a Virginia court Monday.
Appearing before Judge Robert Downer, Fields was charged with one count of murder, one count of hit and run and three counts of malicious wounding.
Downer denied bail, and revealed that Fields could not be appointed a public defender because someone in the public defender's office was directly affected by the crime.
He did not enter a plea after his charges were read.
Meanwhile, more has been learned about the timeline leading up to the moment he allegedly barreled into the crowd in his Dodge Challenger.
On Friday, Fields texted his mother to say he had left his cat at her apartment so he could go to a rally in Virginia. He made the eight-hour drive from Maumee, Ohio, to Charlottesville
On Saturday morning, the 20-year-old was photographed standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the far right hate group Vanguard America.
He was wearing their signature uniform: A white polo shirt and khaki pants. He also sports the side buzz haircut that's popular with white supremacists. Fields was also seen holding a shield emblazoned with Vanguard America insignia.
Then at 1:42 p.m., Fields allegedly drove his car straight into a crowd of pedestrians before throwing the car into reverse and striking additional people. Moments later, cops took him into custody.
Fields' relationship with hate can reportedly be traced back to his high school days.
During a visit to a concentration camp, in Germany, he allegedly told classmates, “This is where the magic happened."
And that's not all, according to WKRC-TV Cincinnati investigative reporter Duane Pohlman, who has been probing the suspect's background.
"He was saying 'I love Adolf Hitler,' and no one was stopping him," Pohlman said.
After high school, Fields joined the U.S. Army, but only lasted four months. The Army says he was “released from active duty due to a failure to meet training standards."
His mother learned of her son’s monstrous act from a reporter and said he told her he was going to a Trump rally, not a white supremacist gathering.
Inside Edition has obtained dashcam video from police in Maumee, Ohio, taken last May when a patrolman pulled Fields over for driving with an expired license plate.
It would be the same car he would allegedly use in the attack nearly three months later in Charlottesville.