(CNN)Last week, a jury in Charlottesville, Virginia, found James Fields guilty of murdering Heather Heyer, in addition to nine other charges. It unanimously agreed that Heyer’s death was the direct result of Fields’ decision to drive his car into a large group of pedestrians who were opposing the “Unite the Right” rally in August 2017. Fields could now spend the rest of his life in prison.
There was little doubt that Fields had turned his car toward the crowd that day and put his foot on the gas. The only question for the jury was why. Was it out of a legitimate fear of the crowd, as Fields claimed, or was it an intentional act of harm?