The man charged with the fatal stabbing of a promising Black student at the University of Maryland last year may have to face two separate trials for murder and hate crime charges.

Richard Collins III, a 23-year-old Bowie State University student who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was killed May 20 at a University of Maryland campus bus stop.

Sean Urbanski, who is White and a former University of Maryland student, killed Collins before his connection to a White Supremacist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich Nation” was discovered. Now, Urbanski’s lawyers want the now-deleted social media evidence to be deemed inadmissible in court, they said in a motion filed Friday, Maryland’s WBOC 16 reported.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, whose office has sought a life sentence without parole for the 23-year-old, seized on the plea of desperation and insisted the digital evidence stands as proof that the killing was racially motivated.

If the judge deems the evidence allowable, Urbanski’s lawyers will seek one trial for murder charges and another for hate crime charges, they said.

Whether there are two trials or not, people want punishment for Urbanski as the attack on Collins was unprovoked.

It has been nearly a year since Collins’ tragic death sparked discussions about hate on college campuses across the nation. As hate incidents are on the rise, colleges have been forced to address them. Officials, students, parents and community members at colleges nationwide must come together to confront the hateful thinking that motivates these types of crimes.

PHOTO: Collins Family

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3 thoughts on “Suspect In Fatal Stabbing Of Bowie State Student Could Face Two Trials

  1. Correction, short attention spans. Those motorcycle biker gangs that had shootout in Waco, Tx at that club. They were mostly white. They were even shooting at cops when they arrived. Over 9 killed. It’s been over 3 years or more since that happened, and they’ve dismissed charges on more than half of these guys due to some trumped up allegations against the DA. White privilege is a motha.

    • Cases never made it to trials. I guess there were some pretty important thugs, in these white gangs, or were they simplyj loyal Trump supporters with money? Two Americas you know.

  2. I’ve been following this murder since it happened. Watching this young man’s father accept his diploma just a few days after his death was heartbreaking. The police new this heathen, killed this young man due to pure hatred, just from the comments he made to he and his friends. Their new MO, is that it will take a while to investigate this. They are giving these types of crimes time to die down, and slipping these trials under the radar. Americans have such attention spans. Especially when it comes to white on black crimes.

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