A sentencing hearing has been delayed for a man convicted of driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at the 2017 Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, was convicted in December of first-degree murder in the killing of anti-racism activist Heather Heyer and multiple charges for injuries caused to others.
The jury recommended life in prison, plus 419 years.
A sentencing hearing originally was scheduled for March 29. But an online court docket entry shows the hearing has been postponed until July 15. No reason was given for the postponement.
Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore will decide on Fields’ punishment. Judges in Virginia often go along with the jury’s recommendation. Under state law, they can impose a shorter sentence but not a longer one.
Fields also faces 30 federal hate crime charges, some of which could carry the death penalty. A status hearing for that case is scheduled for March 26.