Man charged with hate crimes for killing at 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia: US Justice Department
James Alex Fields Jr. photographed during 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville (Rodney Dunning/Flickr)

The man who killed a counter-protester during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year was charged with hate crimes in federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

The rally gained international notoriety when James Alex Fields, Jr. plowed into a group of people protesting against the Unite the Right rally, killing one woman and injuring dozens others. Fields was also charged with second-degree murder in Virginia.

Reporting by Makini Brice, editing by G Crosse