One of the men accused of raping a 13-year-old girl walking home from a football game in 1993 faced a judge for the first time in the case. Police say James Fields and another man raped the teen after drinking and smoking marijuana in the backyard of a home. The men allegedly tied a rope around the victim’s neck and let her go several blocks away from her home. The teen reported the assault and received a sexual assault exam at a hospital. That rape kit was used to link Fields to the crime using the National DNA Index System. Fields was convicted of attempted rape in 2002 in an unrelated case and is in the sex offender registry. Fields has a criminal history in his hometown of Williamsburg, as police say he once attacked a woman with a machete. During Fields’ arraignment, a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and he was appointed a public defender.