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Change of venue sought for Charlottesville crash trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The attorney for a man accused of driving into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is seeking to have his trial on first-degree murder and other charges relocated.

An attorney for James Fields filed a motion arguing that her client cannot get a fair trial in Charlottesville, local news outlets reported.

Attorney Denise Lunsford requested that Fields’ trial either be moved or that jurors be brought in from another area. She cited publicity about the case, “community prejudice” in the city and the impact of the events on Charlottesville residents.

A hearing in the case was set for Aug. 30, and the trial has been scheduled to begin in November.

Fields also faces separate federal hate crime charges.

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