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1 VIRGINIA: IN THE GENERAL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CITY OF
CHARLOTTESVILLE
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4 COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,

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8 JAMES ALEX FIELDS,

9 Defendant.

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16 COURT PROCEEDING

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1 APPEARANCES:

2 Nina-Alicia Antony, Esq. Denise Lunsford, Esq.
Joseph Platania, Esq. 414 E. Market Stret
3 P. O. Box 911 Charlottesville, VA 22902
Charlottesville, VA 22902 Attorney for Defendant
4 Attorney for Commonwealth

5 John Hill, Esq.
404 S. Wayne Street
6 Waynesboro, VA 22908
Attorney for Defendant
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8 BEFORE: The Honorable Robert H. Downer, Jr.

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11 WITNESSES

12 WITNESS – Commonwealth DIRECT CROSS REDIRECT RECROSS

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1 December 14, 2017

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3 THE COURT: So now, we have the case of James

4 Alex Fields and represented by Ms. Lunsford and are you---

5 does Mr. Fields want the charges read? I have a motion be-

6 fore me that has been submitted by the Commonwealth to

7 amend one of the charges. Have you been made aware of that

8 motion, Ms. Lunsford?

9 MS. LUNSFORD: I have, Your Honor, and we’re ob-

10 viously not happy about it, but we have no legal basis to

11 object to---

12 THE COURT: All right.

13 MS. LUNSFORD: ---the motion.

14 THE COURT: So, the motion, Mr. Platania?

15 MR. PLATANIA: Judge, the pleading speaks for it-

16 self, but it was just filed today with Your Honor and hand

17 delivered to Ms. Lunsford. It is a motion to amend the se-

18 cond degree warrant to charge 1st degree murder and the mo-

19 tion contains the language to be used and the VCC code.

20 THE COURT: All right.

21 MR. PLATANIA: It’s the same statutory code sec-

22 tion, 18.2-32.

23 THE COURT: So, I’m going to make the amendment

24 requested in the motion and to the VCC code that is appro-

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1 priate for it. Does Mr. Fields want the remaining charges

2 read---

3 MS. LUNSFORD: No, sir.

4 THE COURT: ---Ms. Lunsford? Are you ready for

5 preliminary hearing?

6 MS. LUNSFORD: Yes, sir.

7 THE COURT: All right.

8 MS. LUNSFORD: On there also that Mr. Hill is

9 here on behalf of Mr. Fields.

10 THE COURT: Yes, and welcome Mr. Hill.

11 MR. HILL: Thank you, Judge.

12 THE COURT: That’s co-counsel for Ms. Lunsford.

13 All right. Is everyone who is going to testify in this

14 matter, please stand where you are and raise your right

15 hand? (Witness sworn at this time). Is---do you antici-

16 pate making any kind of opening statement, Ms. Lunsford---

17 MS. LUNSFORD: No, sir.

18 THE COURT: ---for which the witness would need

19 to be excluded?

20 MS. LUNSFORD: No, sir.

21 MS. ANTONY: And no opening on behalf of the Com-

22 monwealth.

23 THE COURT: All right, okay, then you may call

24 your first witness. Come on up and take the---

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1 MS. ANTONY: Your Honor, the Commonwealth would

2 call Detective Steve Young.

3 THE COURT: All right, you’ve been previously

4 sworn, Detective Young. Please answer the Commonwealth’s

5 questions, please.

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7 DETECTIVE STEVEN YOUNG, having been so duly sworn,

8 testified as follows:

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10 DIRECT EXAMINATION

11 By: Ms. Antony

12 Q Detective, the boxes in front of you all as-

13 sist with the court reporter being able to hear so if you

14 can just remember to keep your voice up and speak loudly

15 and distinctly and direct all your answers to Judge Downer.

16 A Yes, ma’am.

17 Q Could you please introduce yourself to the

18 court and spell your first and last name for the court re-

19 porter?

20 A I’m Detective Steven Young. S-t-e-v-e-n Y-o-u-

21 n-g.

22 Q How are you employed, Detective Young?

23 A I’m a police officer with the Charlottesville

24 Police Department.

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1 Q How long have you been with the Char-

2 lottesville Police Department?

3 A Seven years.

4 Q What’s your current role and assignment within

5 that department?

6 A I’m an investigator.

7 Q And how long have you been with the investiga-

8 tions division?

9 A February will be three years.

10 Q Prior to that were you a routine patrol of-

11 ficer?

12 A Yes.

13 Q I’m going to direct your attention to August

14 12th of 2017, were you working in your capacity as a detec-

15 tive with the Charlottesville Police Department on that

16 date?

17 A Yes.

18 Q What were the---was there an event that was

19 occurring here in the City of Charlottesville that day?

20 A Yes, it was the Unite the Right Rally.

21 Q Just very briefly what was that actually?

22 A The Unite the Right event was a rally. It was

23 organized by members of the far right political spectrum.

24 It was a protest to oppose the removal of the General Lee

25 statue from Emancipation Park.
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1 Q Was there an expectation that large crowds

2 might be drawn to the---the event?

3 A Yes, we got our---lots of intelligence that

4 estimated that there would be thousands from---from each

5 side, left side and the right side of the political spect--

6 -the political spectrum as well as members of the media and

7 several onlookers.

8 Q Based on that, was the investigations division

9 assigned to a particular roll or post throughout the day?

10 A Yes.

11 Q And what was that roll or post?

12 A So our roll in investigations was to be on

13 standby. We were going to be based at the Charlottesville

14 Police Department at 606 East Market Street. We were di-

15 rected to be ready to investigate any potential crime that

16 would require more deliberate investigation, such as a hom-

17 icide, shooting, stabbing, aggravated assault, etcetera.

18 Q At some point throughout the day did you hear

19 radio traffic for an incident that had occurred here in the

20 City of Charlottesville at approximately 4th Street and Wa-

21 ter Street?

22 A Yes.

23 Q What were you able to hear just for purposes

24 with what you did next?

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1 A So, the time I heard radio traffic, I was ac-

2 tually on foot at Emancipation Park. I heard an officer

3 claim that many people were reporting that a vehicle struck

4 a large crowd of people and that the vehicle fled the scene.

5 I heard an officer, who I recognized to be Charlottesville

6 Sheriff’s deputy get on the radio and relay that he was in

7 pursuit of the suspect vehicle towards Monticello Avenue.

8 Q Who was that officer?

9 A It was Sheriff Deputy Paul Critzer.

10 Q Do you recall the time that this radio traffic

11 was being related to you?

12 A Approximately 1:40 p.m.

13 Q After you heard the radio communications, what

14 actions did you personally take?

15 A Like I said, I was on foot in Emancipation

16 Park. I heard it. Myself and three other officers got in

17 a van very quickly, made our way towards Monticello Avenue.

18 As we were en route to Monticello Avenue, we heard Sheriff-

19 --Sheriff Deputy Critzer claim that or he said that the ve-

20 hicle had stopped at the intersection of Monticello Avenue

21 and Blenheim Avenue.

22 Q Did you respond to that location?

23 A Yes.

24 Q Walk us through your observations of the scene

25 as you arrived at Monticello and Blenheim Avenue.
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1 A When I first got there, I stepped out of the

2 van. I saw a white male on the ground. He was in handcuffs.

3 Deputy Critzer was standing next to him, guarding him. I

4 also saw a silver Dodge Challenger next to both Deputy

5 Critzer and the white male on the ground, later identified

6 as James Fields. I saw, there was heavy front end damage

7 to the Dodge Challenger. The hood was bent. There were

8 two significant holes in the rear window. There was also,

9 what appeared to blood and flesh on the front of the vehi-

10 cle and the windshield and the windshield was shattered.

11 Q Your Honor, approaching the witness what I---

12 with what I’d shown to defense counsel as PH2A through D.

13 MR. PLATANIA: Ms. Antony, A through---

14 Q A through D, as in dinosaur.

15 BAILIFF: Quiet in the courtroom.

16 THE COURT: Quiet in the courtroom.

17 Q If you’ll take a look at Commonwealth’s PH2A

18 through D, do you recognize those photographs, Detective?

19 A Yes.

20 Q And what are those pictures depict?

21 A These pictures depict the---the state of the

22 Dodge Challenger when I arrived on scene.

23 Q Do they fairly and accurately represent the

24 vehicle that you saw on August 12th, 2017?

25 A Yes.
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1 Q Move to admit PH2A through D.

2 THE COURT: Any objection for the purposes of

3 this hearing, Ms. Lunsford?

4 MS. LUNDSFORD: No, sir.

5 Q Permission to publish those.

6 THE COURT: All right, will be received.

7 Q Will you pass these up to the Judge? Detec-

8 tive Young, don’t you have a laser pointer on that desk so

9 it helps. Can you describe what we’re looking at? I put

10 up PH2A. What is this in PH2A?

11 A So to orient the court, this is Monticello Av-

12 enue right here and just out of view is Blenheim Avenue.

13 This is a---a 2010 Dodge Challenger. This is what I saw

14 when I first arrived on scene. As you can see, there is

15 heavy frontend damage. The hood was bent, the windshield

16 was cracked and there was---there was speckles of blood on

17 the hood in the front as well as the windshield and there

18 was also fleshy material right here on the windshield. I’m

19 showing you what’s been admitted as PH number 2D. Can you

20 walk us through 2D?

21 A I’m sorry?

22 Q Could you walk us through what we’re looking

23 at in PH2B?

24 A This is the front view of the same Dodge Chal-

25 lenger that I spoke of. As you can see the windshield is
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1 shattered and heavy frontend damage and the bumper is also

2 hanging off.

3 Q Detective young, there is something right up

4 here that’s on the windshield, do you know what that is?

5 A That’s a water bottle.

6 Q Showing you Commonwealth’s Exhibit PH3 or ex-

7 cuse me 2C. What is depicted here?

8 A That’s the same 2010 Dodge Challenger that I

9 spoke of. This is the rear of the vehicle. As you can see,

10 there’s---there’s a hole right here in the rear---the rear

11 window. You can, kind of, see the other---there’s another

12 hole on the other side of the rear window and this blue ob-

13 ject right here, is a pair of sun glasses.

14 Q Showing you PH2D. Could you describe that?

15 A This is the same 2010 Dodge Challenger that I

16 spoke of. You can clearly see the two holes in the rear

17 window as well as the Ohio registration.

18 Q Now, we’ll get into sources of information a

19 little bit later but did you come, during the course of

20 your investigation, to understand the timeline for when the

21 damage that we’re looking at in 2D may have occurred to the

22 vehicle?

23 A Yes.

24 Q And what was that?

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1 A Shortly before we heard the relay, the traffic

2 on the radio, it took us about two minutes to get from

3 Emancipation Park to the Monticello Ave and Blenheim Avenue.

4 So it was a very short time period.

5 Q I’m sorry, and in terms of specifically the

6 dam---when this damage---did you understand the timeline

7 for when this damage happened---

8 A Yes.

9 Q ---in the course of the crash?

10 A Yes, the---the two holes---the two holes that

11 you could see in the rear window were made after the ini-

12 tial crash. We---we were told of several reports of the

13 vehicle crashing into the crowd. We later confirmed that

14 these two holes were made as the vehicle was backing up af-

15 ter the initial crash.

16 Q You indicated there was an individual on the

17 ground. Do you see the individual that you said you were

18 able to identify as James Fields, Jr. in the court today?

19 A Yes, yes.

20 Q And can you point him out, please?

21 A Right there.

22 Q May the record reflect, he’s identified the

23 defendant?

24 THE COURT: The record will so reflect.

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1 Q Starting from the day of the incident, did you

2 start to investigate the events that occurred on 4th Street

3 involving Mr. Fields?

4 A Yes.

5 Q And were---are you familiar with the term case

6 agent?

7 A Yes.

8 Q What is a case agent?

9 A Case agent is a---what makes me is, essential-

10 ly, if you’re assigned a case, you’re the primary agent of

11 that---that case and you---you direct all investigation.

12 Q Did you assist in that capacity or in that---

13 in a similar capacity for the case with the Charlottesville

14 Police Department?

15 A Yes.

16 Q What were the sources of information that you

17 started to pull together to aid in your investigation?

18 A There were several sources. From open source

19 videos, i.e., FaceBook, YouTube, as well as private busi-

20 ness surveillance camera footage. Officers body worn cam-

21 eras and speaking to several victims and---and many wit-

22 nesses, both at the---at the intersection of 4th and Water,

23 as well as the intersection of 4th and Market Street during

24 the incident.

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1 Q Were you the only one assigned to this partic-

2 ular case or were there other individuals and agencies as-

3 sisting?

4 A No, the general investigations bureau, we---

5 several of us worked together on this case as well as the

6 Virginia State Police and several federal---federal agen-

7 cies.

8 Q You mentioned that you started collecting in-

9 formation, including information about individuals who were

10 injured in this incident. The location of 4th and Water,

11 where this occurred, is that here in the City of Char-

12 lottesville?

13 A Yes.

14 Q Did you---did you come to understand that

15 there was a large group of individuals who had injuries of

16 varying degrees?

17 A Yes.

18 Q What were the extent of the injuries and the

19 number of victims that you were able to, at this point---

20 A At this point?

21 Q ---identify?

22 A At this point, thirty-six (36) victims have

23 come to be known by law enforcement, victims with injuries

24 due to Mr. Fields crashing into a large crowd.

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1 Q And was there---when you say victim---injuries,

2 were there a range of injuries, including a fatality?

3 A Yes.

4 Q And who was---and make sure you just keep your

5 voice up. I think we’re---

6 A Sorry.

7 Q ---having a little bit of trouble hearing you.

8 A Sorry.

9 Q You’re trailing off a little bit.

10 A Yes, like I said, I was notified of several

11 victims and one fatality, Heather Heyer.

12 Q Your Honor, at this time we would admit, with-

13 out objection, PH number 1, which is the autopsy report of

14 Heather Heyer. I’ve spoken with defense counsel, I under-

15 stand there’s no objection to its admissibility for purpos-

16 es of this hearing only.

17 MS. LUNSFORD: That’s correct, Judge.

18 THE COURT: Is that so, Ms. Lunsford?

19 MS. LUNSFORD: Yes, sir.

20 THE COURT: All right, it will be received.

21 Q Detective Young, when you said that at this

22 time you are aware of at least thirty-six (36) individuals

23 who were injured---injured in the incident, does that in-

24 clude Ms. Heyer or exclude Ms. Heyer?

25 A That includes her.
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1 Q Includes her. With regard to the other thir-

2 ty-five (35) individuals, what was done to assess the level

3 of injures?

4 A We obtained medical records from the respec-

5 tive hospitals that they were brought to, both UVA and Mar-

6 tha Jefferson.

7 Q Did members of Charlottesville Police Depart-

8 ment and other agencies attempt to get victim statements as

9 well?

10 A Yes.

11 Q And did that aid in your investigation in

12 piecing together the events of that day?

13 A Yes, I, along with other Charlottesville Po-

14 lice detectives, interviewed dozens of victims or dozens of

15 people, including victims and witnesses.

16 Q Based on your investigation, at this time,

17 has---is it your understanding that eight felony charges

18 have been brought for eight specific victims?

19 A Yes.

20 Q Detective Young, I’m handing you what’s been

21 marked for identification purposes, a PH number 3. What is

22 PH number 3?

23 A It’s a chart. It’s a summary of the victim

24 injuries from August 12th. There’s---there’s correlating

25 summary of injuries with initials. We didn’t put the full
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1 names of the victims. There’s eight all together. All of

2 them had significant injuries, significant permanent damage.

3 The top three, even more significant damage and more sig-

4 nificant injuries and are---are to this day, have mobility

5 issues and some are wheelchair bound.

6 Q And the---the list that you’re looking at, the

7 chart, is it fair to say that those represent only those

8 for which charges have, at this time, been placed?

9 A Yes.

10 Q Your Honor, at this time we would move to ad-

11 mit PH number 3. I believe it’s without objection.

12 MS. LUNSFORD: No objection, Your Honor. I do

13 just want to make clear; there are eight victims that are

14 listed on that chart. That does not include the victim of

15 the now, 1st degree murder, that those are only the aggra-

16 vated malicious woundings and the malicious woundings.

17 THE COURT: Yes, ma’am. Understand, and I will

18 match them up with the charges related to each of them.

19 Thank you.

20 Q And, Your Honor, the Court has already said

21 this but will they correspond---the initials with the ini-

22 tials on warrants that the Court has in front of him for

23 purposes of this hearing.

24 THE COURT: All right.

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1 Q Detective Young, can you walk us through,

2 based on the witness statements and the victim interviews,

3 as well as any open source for video surveillance obtained

4 through the course of the investigation and your under-

5 standing of the incident was that occurred on August 12th

6 2017?

7 A Yes, Your Honor, as I stated, speaking to sev-

8 eral victims and witnesses and looking through hours of

9 footage from the incident on August 12th, I was able to con-

10 firm that much of what the witnesses and the victim’s tes-

11 timony was, it was accurate. On August 12th during the ral-

12 ly, in mid morning, there was an unlawful assembly that was

13 issued. Mainly---mainly the crowd within the downtown area

14 begin to disperse throughout the city. Many of the counter

15 protesters began to converge, later on in the afternoon,

16 around 1:20, on the downtown mall. Several count---several

17 counter protestors grouped together right around the area

18 of 2nd Street and West Water Street and began to walk as a

19 large crowd east on Water Street, towards 4th Street.

20 Q At this time, can you speak to the videos that

21 you observed, what the individuals in those groups were do-

22 ing and then were able to observe?

23 A They were just marching. It seemed to be a---

24 and this is confirmed through several witnesses, simply

25 marching east on Water Street in a celebratory mood. They
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1 were---they were singing songs and there was a sense of---

2 of---sense of victory throughout the crowd. At 4th and East

3 Water Street, the crowd came to a halt. There’s a little

4 bit of confusion as far as where they would go next. At

5 one point, someone said, we always go left and many people

6 started chanting go left, go left. At this time, just---

7 just before this, a maroon van, a black pick-up truck and a

8 white ragtop sedan made their way south on 4th Street from

9 Market Street to Water Street. As the crowd converged

10 right there at 4th and Water, these vehicles were forced to

11 stop. The black pick-up truck parked on the side of the

12 road, whereas the maroon van and the white ragtop sedan,

13 stayed at the intersection on 4th Street just north of Water

14 Street and they remained there for a few minutes.

15 Q Detective Young, in terms of the route that

16 you were describing, were you able to observe or in the

17 course of your investigation, did you come to understand

18 there were multiple routes involved in the incident. You

19 referred to some as counter protestors and then the alt-

20 right or Unit the Right, was there a particular side that

21 was represented in the group that you’re speaking of?

22 A Yes, the group consisted of counter protestors.

23 Q And when you speak about the vehicles that are

24 stopped, the maroon van and the ragtop Camry?

25 A Yes.
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1 Q When the crowd was passing them, was there an-

2 ything happening to those vehicles based on actions by the

3 crowd?

4 A No, there are zero reports of any sort of al-

5 tercations at all throughout that crowd while they were

6 slowly moving north on 4th Street.

7 Q What happened next?

8 A And again, speaking to, also independent wit-

9 nesses, there’s a lot of people that were out and about in

10 Charlottesville on the downtown mall that had no---they

11 were completely impartial politically, spoke---speaking to

12 a lot of them. They witnesses the crowd converge on 4th and

13 Water Street. Many witnesses I spoke to noticed a gray

14 Dodge Challenger slowly drive from---on 4th Street from Mar-

15 ket Street towards Water Street at a slow pace. At one

16 point it was idling near the crossover on 4th Street and

17 this is confirmed through---through video. One witness I

18 spoke to actually commented that the Dodge Challenger was

19 an unfortunate driver is stopped here on the downtown mall

20 but good thing there’s no one at the intersection of 4th and

21 Water and that the Dodge can simply back up and leave the

22 area and several---

23 Q So you---sorry to interrupt, you said 4th and

24 Water, no one at the intersection of 4th and Water.

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1 A I’m sorry, 4th and Market. Several witnesses

2 claim and confirm through video that no one was at the in-

3 tersection near 4th and Market. There were some people but

4 no crowds whatsoever at 4th and Market, which is where the

5 Dodge Challenger came from. Many witnesses saw the Chal-

6 lenger back up towards Market Street, thinking that the

7 Challenger would just simply get back onto Market and leave

8 the area. At approximately 1:40, many witnesses and vic-

9 tims describe the Dodge Challenger drive at a very high

10 rate of speed, south on 4th Street, striking many people and

11 striking the white ragtop sedan. Right after he initially

12 strikes the crowd, he backs up at a high rate of speed.

13 This is when people start to hit the back windshield of the

14 Dodge Challenger. This doesn’t stop Mr. Fields. He con-

15 tinues to back up at a high rate of speed. His bumper is--

16 -there’s significant front end---front end damage at this

17 point as well as the two holes in the back---the rear win-

18 dow of his vehicle. He backs onto Market Street and takes

19 off from there.

20 Q In terms of the individuals within the crowd,

21 the initial individuals, the eight that are summarized in

22 the chart in Commonwealth’s Exhibit PH number 3, that fol-

23 lows Ms. Heyer, for all nine of those individuals, members

24 of the group that was struck by the vehicle?

25 A Yes.
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1 Q During the course of your investigation, did

2 you come to understand that there was a Virginia State Po-

3 lice helicopter that was surveilling the events of the day?

4 A Yes.

5 Q And did that video, was it provided to you in

6 the course of the investigation?

7 A Yes.

8 Q Did you review that?

9 A Yes.

10 Q And did you find any portions of it relevant

11 or illistered (sic), illistered (sic) the---excuse me,

12 that’s not a word. Illustrated of the events that to which

13 you just testified?

14 A Yes.

15 Q I’m putting up on the screen, Your Honor, Com-

16 monwealth’s Exhibit number PH number 4. I understand we

17 would move in without objection for purposes of this hear-

18 ing only.

19 THE COURT: Is that true, counsel?

20 MS. LUNSFORD: Yes, sir.

21 THE COURT: All right, it will be received for

22 the purposes of this hearing only.

23 (UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE): May I move closer?

24 THE COURT: Certainly you may. Counsel can feel

25 free to move about as well.
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1 Q To make the record clear, this video does not

2 show a last time at the bottom, but there is a number here

3 at the top. Detective Young, are you able to see that num-

4 ber?

5 A Yes.

6 Q What number is displayed at the top of that

7 screen on the left side?

8 A I see 13:50 something. Due to the background,

9 I can’t see---

10 Q Is it 50:41?

11 A Yes.

12 Q And, Your Honor, for the record, we’re start-

13 ing at 13:50 and 41. Your Honor, can the Court see?

14 THE COURT: I can see fine.

15 Q Detective Young, I’m going to start playing

16 this, first, without sound and then if you could just ex-

17 plain what we’re looking at?

18 A Yeah, now I can orient the Court.

19 Q Thank you.

20 A This is Water Street and this if 4th Street SE.

21 This right here is the maroon van and to the left of that

22 is north. So, that’s north, east, south, west, and, like I

23 say, here’s the crowd that walked from 2nd Street and Water

24 east towards 4th and Water.

25 Q Starting the video.
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1 (Playing video)

2

3 Q What are we able to see as the video progress-

4 es?

5 A So, this is at the point where the crowd

6 stopped and tried to figure out, amongst themselves, where

7 to go from here and this is confirmed through watching sev-

8 eral people’s cell phone footage that they, essentially,

9 gave the police department but again, it’s a celebratory

10 mood. I viewed several streaming videos of the crowd, peo-

11 ple within the crowd and confirmed that it was a jovial

12 mood at this point.

13 Q At some point are we able to see what you de-

14 scribe as individuals going left?

15 A Yes.

16 Q And it’s---when you say they go left, which

17 street do they start going on?

18 A They turn north onto 4th Street SE.

19 Q When that happens, does the Virginia State Po-

20 lice helicopter make any attempt to keep the group in view?

21 A Yes.

22 Q And how does it do that?

23 A It---

24 Q Describe what we will see.

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1 A Yeah, you’ll see the helicopter pan out and

2 then, I guess, move northeast from their position that you

3 see now and will hover directly over 4th Street.

4 Q As it starts panning over, does this video

5 capture the moment of impact where the Challenger drives

6 into the crowd?

7 A Yes.

8 Q And is that at 13:52 and 59 seconds?

9 A Yes. If you---if you can pause it. That’s

10 the maroon van that I spoke of and this is the white ragtop

11 sedan.

12 Q Do you see the truck you mentioned?

13 A Yes, that’s the black pick-up truck.

14 Q What street are we oriented over at this time?

15 A That’s the 100 block of 4th Street SE. You

16 just saw the downtown mall and this is Water Street right

17 here.

18 Q As it gets closer to fifty-nine (59) at this

19 back point or at forty-seven (47) seconds, where should we

20 be orienting ourselves to see the vehicle come into view?

21 A Right here.

22 Q Is this, for the record, you’re pointing to

23 the bottom right hand corner of the screen?

24 A Correct.

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1 Q Could you pan out the vehicle? And then they

2 mention a marked vehicle. Do you see that vehicle?

3 A Yes, that’s the white vehicle right here and

4 this is Avon Street and that’s the Dodge Challenger.

5 Q The individual with the hands out the window,

6 is that the defendant, Mr. James Fields?

7 A Yes.

8 Q And who is this gentleman right here?

9 A That’s Sheriff’s Deputy Critzer.

10 Q Is Deputy Critzer with other people or by him-

11 self at this time?

12 A He was by himself, but now he’s not.

13 Q Are these other members of some police agency?

14 A Yes.

15 Q Do you know which police agency?

16 A That’s University of Virginia Police Depart-

17 ment.

18 Q Now are they are getting Mr. Fields on the

19 ground at this time?

20 THE COURT: Yes.

21 Q I’m stopping the video, for the record, at

22 13:58 and 39 seconds.

23

24 (Stop video)

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1 Q Detective Young, in the course of your re-

2 sponse, how soon do you arrive on scene after what we just

3 observed on the video?

4 A Approximately, a minute later, if that.

5 Q I think I forgot to ask you, the time that I

6 just spoke about was 13:52 to 13:58. Did you come to un-

7 derstand whether that was an accurate time reflected in the

8 video?

9 A We were told it was approximately twelve (12)

10 minutes fast.

11 Q When you arrived, do you help assist to place

12 Mr. Fields into custody?

13 A Yes.

14 Q And is he transfer at that time to Char-

15 lottesville Police and then to the magistrate---

16 magistrate’s complex?

17 A Yes.

18 Q Through the course of your investigation,

19 were---was part of your goal to find other information

20 about the path of Mr. Field’s Challenger that day on 5th

21 Street?

22 A Yes.

23 Q And were you able to obtain video surveillance

24 from any surrounding businesses that helped with that?

25 A Yes.
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1 Q What business, in particular, was relevant?

2 A The Red Pump Kitchen, which is located at 401

3 East Main Street.

4 Q Is that an Italian restaurant on the downtown

5 mall?

6 A Yes.

7 Q And in terms of when you’re thinking of the

8 downtown mall, Market Street versus Water Street, is that

9 restaurant closer to the Market Street side of things or

10 closer to Water Street?

11 A It’s closer to the Market Street side.

12 Q Your Honor, move to admit, for purposes of

13 this hearing only, I understand without objection, Common-

14 wealth’s Exhibit PH number 5, which is video surveillance

15 from Red Pump Kitchen.

16 THE COURT: Any objection?

17 MS. LUNSFORD: No, sir.

18 THE COURT: All right, it will be received for

19 the purposes of this hearing only.

20 Q I apologize. Every time I make the screen a

21 little bit bigger, it goes away so if the Court will in-

22 dulge me---

23 THE COURT: Sure.

24

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1 Q ---I need to do this on the screen. I apolo-

2 gize. Was there a particular time that you found to be

3 relevant in your investigation?

4 A Yes and again, we confirmed through the per-

5 sonnel at Red Pump Kitchen that this footage is off---it’s

6 approximately thirteen (13) minutes fast, but if you fix

7 the time right around one---one---just before 1:40 it be-

8 comes relevant.

9

10 (Playing video)

11

12 Q And in the video, would that be around 1:48?

13 A Yes. And---and again, just to orient, this

14 is---this is---if you can pause it. This is 4th Street NE,

15 just south of here is the pedestrian mall and what you’re

16 seeing now is a camera affixed to Red Pump Kitchen, facing

17 the 100 block of 4th Street NE.

18 Q What is the first thing that appeared relevant

19 to your investigation that we can see from this camera?

20 A The appearance of the maroon van.

21 Q And what time does that happen?

22 A At 1:48:40.

23 Q And if you could point it out when it happens.

24 A That’s the maroon van that I spoke of earlier.

25 Q Where does this maroon van go, ultimately?
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1 A Right now it just went over the speed bump.

2 The speed bump is right here and it traveled south on 4th

3 Street and ended up at the intersection of 4th and Water.

4 Q You spoke earlier of a black truck, do we see

5 the black truck coming down the street at some point in

6 this video as well?

7 A Yes.

8 Q And at what time does that happen?

9 A 1:51:55.

10 Q At this time, the crowds that you spoke about

11 earlier, are they, for the most part, on Water Street and

12 converged there?

13 A Yes.

14 Q And does this fairly show the individuals who

15 would have been in and around this area of 4th Street closer

16 to Market Street at this time?

17 A Yes.

18 Q From watching this video between 1:58:40 when

19 the van came into view and then when you get to 1:51:55,

20 are there any substantial movements that we’ll see between

21 this time and 1:51:55 of individuals or vehicles in the ar-

22 ea, blocking the intersection or anything else?

23 A No.

24 Q I just fast forwarded it to 1:51 and now 20

25 seconds just to speed up. We’ll let it play from here,
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1 just continuously. It will be about, for the Court to know,

2 an additional three minutes.

3 THE COURT: All right.

4 A There’s the black pick-up truck that I spoke

5 of.

6 Q The third---the third vehicle you spoke of,

7 was that soft top Camry?

8 A Yes.

9 Q Do we see that on this video at some point?

10 A Yes.

11 Q And at what time does that come into view?

12 A At 1:52:50.

13 Q How soon after, does Mr. Fields Challenger

14 come into view?

15 A Six seconds later.

16 Q And from there I’ll just have you narrate what

17 actions and what time does he come---

18 A Okay.

19 Q At any time does Mr. Fields stop or assist---

20 attempt to render aid or leave his name of any kind or be-

21 fore leaving the scene?

22 A No. That’s the ragtop that I spoke of, the

23 Camry, and this is the silver Dodge Challenger that Fields

24 was driving. And as you can see, he proceeds south on 4th

25 Street onto the crossover and many witnesses said he then
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1 made his way to the 100 block of 4th Street SE, which is

2 where he stopped.

3 Q About how long is Mr. Fields Challenger out of

4 view?

5 A Approximately, a minute and ten seconds.

6 Q And during this time, had the vehicle struck

7 the crowd yet?

8 A No. At this point, you’ve got many witnesses

9 testify that the Challenger began to back up, assuming that

10 it would head back onto Market Street and leave the area.

11 THE COURT: Quiet in the courtroom.

12 BAILIFF: Quiet in the courtroom.

13 THE COURT: All right, he needs to go out. All

14 of them.

15 A Your Honor, as you saw, that was the silver

16 Dodge Challenger that drove south at a high rate of speed.

17 THE COURT: All right, once again, anybody else

18 who makes a sound like that, out you go. All right.

19 Q I’m pausing and starting again at 1:54:49 and

20 Detective Young, you said it left view at a high rate of

21 speed?

22 A Yes. At this point, many people began to ran-

23 --run after Mr. Fields, and at that point, encounter police

24 as they ran east towards the police department.

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1 Q The events that we observed from the Red Pump

2 video, are all here in the City of Charlottesville as well?

3 A Yes.

4 Q As is the intersection of 4th and Water (inau-

5 dible) where Mr. Fields struck the pedestrians?

6 A Yes.

7 Q Detective Young, those are my only questions

8 at this time.

9 THE COURT: Ms. Lunsford, cross---cross-

10 examination.

11

12 CROSS-EXAMINATION

13 By: Ms. Lunsford

14 Q Thank you, Judge. Detective Young, as part of

15 your investigation, there were numerous search warrants

16 that were issued, correct?

17 A Yes.

18 Q Not all by you, but by various people who were

19 involved in the investigation?

20 A Correct.

21 Q There were search warrants for Mr. Field’s car

22 and for his phone?

23 A Yes.

24 Q And for some of his accounts on social media?

25 A That’s correct.
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1 Q And there was also a physical search that was

2 done of his car?

3 A Yes.

4 Q And you also looked at the download of his

5 phone once the search warrant was obtained and that was

6 downloaded, correct?

7 A That’s correct.

8 Q Okay. Did you personally look at that or did

9 other---someone else look at it?

10 A I looked at---I obtained several search war-

11 rants and for each search warrant, I looked at evidence.

12 Q Okay. So, as part of your investigation, one

13 of the things that you found was that during the course of

14 the rally, Mr. Fields had stood with an organization called

15 Vanguard America, correct?

16 A That’s correct.

17 Q And he---he was there in the park for some pe-

18 riod of time, right?

19 A The---the body worn camera footage that I

20 viewed showed Mr. Fields standing with Vanguard America or

21 members or people that were displaying, what I recognized

22 to be a Vanguard America paraphernalia.

23 Q And so that’s a good point. You didn’t know

24 whether all the people there were members of Vanguard Amer-

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1 ica but they were standing in the area with him and dis-

2 playing some of the material---

3 A Correct.

4 Q ---paraphernalia, if you will?

5 A Yes.

6 Q During all your searches of his computers, did

7 you---and phones and other accounts, did you find any indi-

8 cation to suggest he was a member of Vanguard America?

9 A No.

10 Q Did you find any information to suggest he was

11 a member of any of the groups that were there?

12 A No.

13 Q Did you find out---find any information to

14 suggest that he had communicated with members of those

15 groups prior to showing up in Charlottesville?

16 A No.

17 Q Did you find any indication to suggest that he

18 had coordinated with other groups or people to come here?

19 A No. As of now, no and it’s still an ongoing

20 investigation.

21 Q Did you interview other people who were also

22 in the park near the Vanguard America people?

23 A I personally did not.

24 Q Did you know of others who did?

25 A Yes.
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1 Q And did they have contact with Mr. Fields?

2 A The people that were interviewed, yes.

3 Q Okay. Were these people also that---that Mr.

4 Fields walked with from that park to McIntire Park?

5 A Yes.

6 Q And there were three of those people, right?

7 A Correct.

8 Q And I’m not going to ask you their names---

9 A Right.

10 Q ---but have you reviewed their statements?

11 A Yes.

12 Q And isn’t it fair to say that they were to-

13 gether having conversation---well, first of all, that Mr.

14 Fields and these other three people that walked between

15 parks with him met by chance. They---they didn’t preplan

16 to meet up here?

17 A Based on what I read, yes, that’s correct.

18 Q Okay, and they were together for some period

19 of time before this incident that’s been depicted on videos,

20 right?

21 A That’s correct.

22 Q Or maybe up to an hour or more?

23 A Approximately, yes.

24 Q And he was described by one of those individu-

25 als as being quieter than some of the other individuals in
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1 this, maybe four person, group, if you will, Mr. Fields and

2 the other three?

3 A Yes, ma’am, that’s what one of the reports in-

4 dicated.

5 Q And one of the reports indicated that he was

6 not as extreme as---

7 A Correct.

8 Q ---the others, correct?

9 A Correct.

10 Q And they didn’t see any weapons on him, cor-

11 rect?

12 A From what I could recall there’s no reports of

13 any weapons.

14 Q And when you searched his car you didn’t find

15 any weapons either, right?

16 A That’s correct.

17 Q And when the---one of the persons that was in-

18 terviewed that had spent some time with him, described him

19 as significantly less radical than most of the people who

20 were there that day at the rally, correct?

21 A Again, yeah, that’s what I read in the report,

22 that’s correct.

23 Q Okay. And they saw no signs of anger or vio-

24 lence on his part, during the time they spent with him, of

25 course?
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1 A Correct.

2 Q How far was it, distance wise, if you know,

3 from 4th and Water, where this impact occurred, to the point

4 where he stops and has---you can hear the state police of-

5 ficer say he’s got his hands out the window?

6 A You mean from---from 4th Street to Monticello

7 and Blenheim?

8 Q Correct.

9 A It’s approximately, a mile---

10 Q Okay.

11 A ---to a mile and a half.

12 Q And it was about four minutes I think, from

13 the---on the VSP video, there was a point of impact at

14 13:52:59, roughly and then stopped with his hands out, and

15 this is my looking at the video, around 13:57, around four

16 minutes later, correct?

17 A Correct.

18 Q Okay, and you said you arrived---it took you

19 about two minutes after you got the call to get in the van

20 to where he was, right?

21 A Give or take.

22 Q And when you got there, you said he was on the

23 sidewalk next to the vehicle in handcuffs?

24 A Yes.

25 Q Did he say anything when you got there?
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1 A Yes.

2 Q What’d he say?

3 A He repeatedly said, I’m sorry. He asked if

4 people were okay.

5 Q Did he---was he offered rescue?

6 A Yes.

7 Q And what did he say when offered rescue?

8 A He indicated that he would rather have all as-

9 sets converted to the area of 4th and Water Street---

10 Q To the area of 4th and Water?

11 A ---or to the downtown area.

12 Q Okay.

13 A He didn’t specify the actual street names but

14 he---he said he would rather have them diverted elsewhere.

15 Q And on that, you know, not specifying the

16 street name, is there any indication he had ever been to

17 Charlottesville before?

18 A As of now, no.

19 Q And he was not, so far as you know at this

20 point, at the---the rally, if you will on August 11th at

21 UVA?

22 A As of now there’s no evidence that would sug-

23 gest that.

24 Q Okay, and at some point Mr. Fields was told

25 that one of the people in that crowd had passed away---
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1 A Yes.

2 Q ---correct?

3 A That’s correct.

4 Q What did he do at that point?

5 A He appeared very shocked and upset.

6 Q Did he cry and sob?

7 A Yes.

8 Q And when you found him there or when he was

9 there after he had been taken into custody, he appeared to

10 have a yellow stain on his shirt, correct?

11 A That’s correct.

12 Q Was anyone able to determine what that was?

13 A As of now, no.

14 Q Was there a smell to that stain?

15 A Yes, there was a smell from urine.

16 Q Okay, and when you talk about the people in

17 the video---I’m going back to the state police video at 4th

18 and Water, those people had been, kind of, heading east on

19 Market---I’m sorry Water, I think you said, correct?

20 A Are you talking about the crowd?

21 Q Yes.

22 A What I determined to be counter protestor

23 crowd, yes.

24 Q Where had they been before that, if you could

25 tell?
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1 A Again, after speaking to dozens of witnesses,

2 once the crowd dispersed, initially from Emancipation Park,

3 there were several different crowds that split up through-

4 out the downtown area. Mostly south of downtown mall---

5 Q Okay.

6 A ---and then they just began to converge and

7 around the area of 2nd and West Main.

8 THE COURT: All right. Detective Young, you’ll

9 have to direct your comments to me because the court re-

10 porters having a difficult time---

11 A Okay, I apologize.

12 THE COURT: ---picking up your testimony. So, if

13 you want to move this way a little bit and take your notes

14 and that would be fine. That might help do that.

15 A Yes, sir.

16 THE COURT: At least you’ll have a mic there that

17 will pick up your voice for the court reporter. Go ahead.

18 Q And in the period of time leading up to that

19 point where the crowd is walking east on Water Street, that

20 was the period of time that Mr. Fields had been---had

21 walked to McIntire Park, had come back and got into his car

22 and dropped off these other three people that he was with,

23 correct?

24 A Correct.

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1 Q In other words, he hadn’t been down there with

2 that group of people that was near---that was south of the

3 mall?

4 A If you’re talking about the counter protestors,

5 no. No, there’s indication that he was within that crowd.

6 Q So, one of the questions asked by Ms. Antony

7 was that Mr. Fields didn’t---after the impact, and prior to

8 backing up and leaving the scene, he didn’t stop or attempt

9 to render aid at any point correct?

10 A That’s correct.

11 Q At that point, I think what you testified to

12 earlier was, that was actually the point at which those two

13 holes had been made in the back of his vehicle window, cor-

14 rect, was immediately after the crash?

15 A After the initial crash.

16 Q And before he backed up.

17 A Before and during the time he was backing up,

18 he---I saw a video where people are smashing his rear win-

19 dow.

20 Q And they weren’t just smashing the rear window,

21 they were, kind of, everywhere smashing things, correct?

22 A Correct. Again, after the initial impact.

23 Q I understand. If I can have just a minute,

24 Judge?

25 THE COURT: Certainly.
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1 Q One of his statements also to Officer Young,

2 he specifically told, well you, sorry, that he wasn’t af-

3 filiated with anyone who was there that day, correct, with

4 any of the groups?

5 A Correct.

6 Q And he also specifically asked, are they okay,

7 referring to the people that were in the crowd, correct?

8 A That’s correct.

9 Q And it was shortly after that or if not, imme-

10 diately after that that he was told that one person had

11 passed away.

12 A Are you talking about on scene? He was not

13 told that until---

14 Q Until you-all were back at the---

15 A ---till later.

16 Q ---at the magistrate’s office.

17 A Correct, because we didn’t know.

18 Q Okay.

19 A We didn’t know at that point---

20 Q Okay.

21 A ---while we were on the roadside.

22 Q And then with regard to the three people that

23 he was walking with, he told one of them that he was there

24 alone and he wanted to see a speaker, one of the people

25 that was speaking at the event, correct?
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1 A That’s correct.

2 Q If I could have just one second, Judge.

3 That’s all we have.

4 THE COURT: All right, any further questions from

5 the Commonwealth?

6 MS. ANTONY: Yes, Your Honor.

7

8 REDIRECT EXAMINATION

9 By: Ms. Antony

10 Q Detective Young, Ms. Lunsford asked you about

11 the smell of the substance that was on Mr. Field’s shirt

12 and you indicated that it smelled of an odor of urine?

13 A Correct.

14 Q Is it fair to say there was no evidence during

15 the course of your investigation prior to the crash, of any

16 individual surrounding Mr. Field’s car, throwing anything

17 on him while he was in his car or in the area of 4th Street

18 and Market?

19 A That’s correct. There’s no indication.

20 Q And there was no one blocking his egress onto

21 Market once he got to 4th and the crowd was in front of him?

22 A Correct.

23 Q Thank you, those are my question.

24 THE COURT: Any further questions in light of

25 those questions, Ms. Lunsford?
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1 MS. LUNSFORD: No thank you, Judge.

2 THE COURT: All right, may this witness be ex-

3 cused?

4 MS. ANTONY: Yes, Your Honor, thank you.

5 THE COURT: All right, free to go or stay as you

6 please, Detective Young. Thank you for your testimony.

7 Any further evidence from the Commonwealth?

8 MS. ANTONY: Court’s indulgence for just one se-

9 cond.

10 THE COURT: All right.

11 MS. ANTONY: No further evidence, Your Honor.

12 There would be a motion to certify at this time. And Your

13 Honor, well, we would ask that once arguments have been

14 heard on that and the Court makes its ruling, if the Court

15 could instruct individuals to stay seated so that individu-

16 als in the front few rows may exit prior to court adjourn-

17 ing for the evening.

18 THE COURT: All right.

19 MS. LUNSFORD: May I approach?

20 THE COURT: Yes, you may. Ms Lunsford, are you

21 presenting any evidence or argument today?

22 MS. LUNSFORD: No sir, thank you.

23 THE COURT: All right, thank you. Then, Mr.

24 Fields, I’m going to certify each and every one of these

25 charges, including the one that was amended to the grand
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1 jury that’s going to meet Monday, December 18th at 9:30 in

2 the morning. At that time, your cases will be set for tri-

3 al and Ms. Lunsford and Mr. Hill will advise you about what

4 your options are for setting the case for trial. So with

5 that, I’m going to allow---court’s going to stay in session

6 until certain individuals have had an opportunity to gather

7 together and leave quietly. So, you may go ahead and---and

8 depart now. This hearing is concluded.

9 MS. ANTONY: Before Mr. Fields leaves the court-

10 room, the Commonwealth, by agreement, will make a motion to

11 seal the warrants as they come up to Circuit Court and then

12 (unintelligible) and seal for the purposes of the public,

13 except for the Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office as

14 well the defense.

15 MS. LUNSFORD: That’s correct, Your Honor.

16 THE COURT: All right. All right, the Court will

17 so order.

18 MS. ANTONY: Thank you.

19

20 HEARING CONCLUDED

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1 STATE OF VIRGINIA AT LARGE:

2 I, Brittany L. Herring, Notary Public in and for

3 the State of Virginia at Large, having been so duly commis-

4 sioned and qualified, do certify that the foregoing

5 preliminary hearing was so duly taken by me at the time and

6 place specified in the caption hereof.

7 I do further certify that said preliminary

8 hearing was correctly taken by mechanical methods and that

9 the same was accurately written out in full and transcribed

10 into the English language by Julianne Lee and that said

11 transcript is a true, accurate and correct record of the

12 testimony by said witness.

13 I further certify that I am neither attorney nor

14 counsel for or related to or employed by any of the parties

15 to the action in which this preliminary hearing was taken

16 and, further, that I am not a relative or employee of any

17 attorney or counsel employed by the parties hereto or fi-

18 nancially interested in this action.

19 My commission expires November 30, 2019.

20 Given under my hand and seal this 31st day of De-

21 cember, 2017.

22

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24

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