Fields wanted to be in the U.S. Army, but was not able to enlist.
Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson said Fields reported for basic training in August 2015 but was released from active duty in December 2015 for “failure to meet training standards.”
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Fields just moved to Maumee, Ohio, about a year ago, his mother told the Toledo Blade. She said she knew he was attending an “alt-right” rally but had no idea it included white supremacists, the Blade reported.
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Fields is charged with second-degree murder; three counts of malicious wounding; and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.
Heather Heyer, 32, who lived near Charlottesville, was killed in the attack that wounded 35 others, police said.
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