Photographer testifies he saw car speed into crowd at rally

James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, and the car that rammed into the Charlottesville rally, Photo Date: 8/12/2017 Photo: Abermarle Charlottesville Regional Jail
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A photographer who captured images of a car slamming into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville told a jury he heard the driver rev his engine, then saw him speed into the crowd.

Ryan Kelly, a former photographer for The Daily Progress, testified Friday at the trial of James Alex Fields Jr., who's charged with killing a woman and injuring dozens at the 2017 rally.

Kelly said he noticed a Dodge Challenger backing up, then heard an engine revving and the screech of tires. He told jurors he saw the car accelerate into the crowd.

Kelly won a Pulitzer for his photo showing people tossed in the air after being struck.

Fields' lawyers say he was afraid for his life when he drove into the crowd.

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