As protesters waited outside, white nationalists and others entered the Charlottesville Circuit Court throughout the day to watch preliminary hearings related to “Unite the Right.” Alex Michael Ramos (charged with assaulting Deandre Harris), Richard Preston (charged with firing a gun less than 1000 feet from a school), and James Alex Fields all had their charges confirmed for their roles in Charlottesville. Fields’ ten felonies previously included one court of second-degree murder, which has now been enhanced to first degree.
Outside, Ku Klux Klan members were confronted as they entered to support Preston, while Jason Kessler, the organizer of Unite the Right, was called a “murderer” and told to leave the city.
Kessler is not charged with any crimes pertaining to the rally.
Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy said that the city is trying to move forward and correct its wrongs, but that that’s a hard thing to accomplish. Jason Kessler blamed the violence on antifa, going so far as to say Heather Heyer’s blood is “on their hands.” The two exchanged loud words before being separated by the police.