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Trial delayed for former UM student charged with hate crime in fatal stabbing of Bowie State student

The trial of Sean Urbanski, charged in the homicide of Army 2nd Lt. Richard W. Collins III, 23, has been postponed to early 2019 at the request of Urbanski's attorneys.
The trial of Sean Urbanski, charged in the homicide of Army 2nd Lt. Richard W. Collins III, 23, has been postponed to early 2019 at the request of Urbanski's attorneys. (Handout)

The trial of a former University of Maryland student charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the 2017 stabbing of a Bowie State University student has been delayed six months, until January 2019.

A Prince George’s County judge granted the delay Monday at the request of defense attorneys Sean Urbanski, 22, who is charged in the death of Army 2nd Lt. Richard W. Collins III, 23.

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Urbanski’s attorneys had said they needed more time to review the substantial amount of evidence in the case.

The man charged in the killing of a black student on the University of Maryland campus last year has asked a judge to exclude evidence tying him to a Facebook page called “Alt-Reich: Nation.”

According to charging documents, Collins, a black student at Bowie, had been visiting friends at College Park in May 2017 when Urbanski, a white student, approached them near a campus bus stop.

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Charging documents allege that a seemingly intoxicated Urbanski told the group to "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you.” Collins refused, and Urbanski stabbed him in the chest, according to the documents.

Police initially said race did not appear to play a role in the killing. The FBI became involved after the discovery that Urbanski, a 2013 graduate of Severna Park High School, belonged to a Facebook group called Alt Reich: Nation, where members share white supremacist memes.

A former University of Maryland student charged with fatally stabbing a Bowie State student in the spring was indicted on a hate-crime charge Tuesday by a Prince George’s County grand jury.

At a news conference in October 2017, State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said digital evidence taken from Urbanski’s phone and computer had led to the hate-crime charge delivered by a Prince George’s County grand jury.

Urbanski could receive a life sentence without the possibility of parole if convicted of the first-degree murder charge, and an additional 20 years if convicted of a hate crime resulting in death.

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