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CUA Law Alumna Serves as Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney at City of Charlottesville

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CUA Law Alumna and Senior-Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Virginia Nina-Alice Antony '11 currently serves as the prosecutor in the murder trial against James Alex Fields Jr. who is accused of driving a vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. The collision resulted in the death of one woman, Heather Heyer, and injured dozens more. Fields is charged with first-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and failing to stop at an accident involving a death. The defendant also faces a total of five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, of which each charge can carry a sentence of up to life in prison.

The Commonwealth's Attorney, his deputy, and assistants are responsible for prosecuting criminal cases (felonies and misdemeanors) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The attorneys in this office are responsible for assisting victims of any crime which occurs in the City of Charlottesville.

Fields' trial in Charlottesville Circuit Court is scheduled to last a total of 18 days. He also faces dozens of federal charges for the same incident.

In the winter 2016 edition of preLaw magazine the Columbus School of Law was recognized as one of the best schools for students who are interested in a career as a Public Defender or Prosecutor. The Law School was ranked 5 out of the top 20 schools that were selected.

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