After deliberating for less than a day, a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and several other...
The attack killed Heather Heyer and injured many others.
Spencer told The Associated Press that he was not "shocked" but was "appalled" by the verdict the jury delivered against James Alex Fields Jr. late Friday afternoon.
He was facing eight counts related to eight people injured as a result of him driving his vehicle through a crowd of counter-protestors at the Unite the Right rally, as well as one count of failing to stop at an accident involving a death.
"A lot of people have worked hard for August 12 not to feel like every day of our lives", said Seth Wispelwey, a local minister who helped form Congregate Charlottesville, a faith-based group formed in advance of a Ku Klux Klan rally and the Unite the Right rally here last summer.
President Trump drew wide-scale criticism when in the aftermath of Charlottesville, he said that there was "blame on both sides".
Reports coming from the trial note that some of Fields's school teachers remember him being peculiarly fascinated with Nazism and Adolf Hitler.
Police charged James Alex Fields Jr. with second-degree murder and other counts after the silver Dodge Challenger they say he was driving barreled through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and wounding at least 19 others. Wednesday Bowie, a counter-protester in her 20s, said her pelvis was broken in six places.
The rally brought out thousands of supporters of the alt-right, a loosely-knit coalition of white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis. The jury is set to return on Monday to determine his sentence.
In closing statements, the commonwealth argued the case was about intent. Other evidence included recordings of conversations Fields had with his mother after his arrest, in which he described the counterprotesters at the rally as a "violent gang of terrorists", and derided Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, as an "anti-white liberal" who should be viewed as an enemy.
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