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Man charged with first degree murder of Heather Heyer during Charlottesville rally

James A. Fields, Jr. is charged with first degree murder (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) - The man accused of driving a car into a crowd of counter protesters during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville has his charged upgraded Thursday.

James Fields, Jr. is charged with the first-degree murder of Heather Heyer.

His hearing took one hour, and a Charlottesville Police detective testified.

The detective says he saw flesh and blood on Fields' car.

Video of the crash and police chase was shown from several viewpoints including that of a Virginia State Police helicopter, and from a restaurant in the downtown mall.

Fields is also charged with felony hit and run, five counts of malicious wounding, three counts of aggravated malicious wounding.

Heyer was killed and 19 others were injured when Fields allegedly drove into the crowd August 12.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, was at the hearing.

According to that detective, Fields apologized and asked if everyone was okay when he was arrested.

The detective said Fields was shocked when he learned Heyer died.

According to federal officials, Fields had no allegiance with any group present during that day, and was just attending the rally.

Fields will appear before a grand jury Monday at 9:30 a.m.

This is a developing story, stay with ABC 13 for updates.

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