Strengthening MD Hate Crime Law After University Stabbing

Feb 11, 2020

Richard Collins III
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The parents of a black college student who was stabbed to death at the University of Maryland are scheduled to urge lawmakers to strengthen the state's hate crime law.

The parents of Richard Collins III are scheduled to attend a news conference Tuesday with Prince George's County State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy.

The legislation would clarify that hate does not have to be the sole motivation for a hate crime. Sean Urbanski was found guilty in December of killing Collins in 2017.

A judge threw out a hate crime charge against Urbanski after ruling prosecutors didn't meet their legal burden of showing that racial hatred motivated Urbanski to stab Collins.