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.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a hate crime charge against a white man who fatally stabbed a black college student at the University of Maryland. But a murder trial will continue Wednesday for 24-year-old Sean Urbanski.

A defense attorney and a state's attorney's office spokeswoman said Tuesday that a judge agreed to acquit Urbanski of the hate crime charge.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A prosecutor says racist memes poisoned the mind of Sean Urbanski, motivating the white man to fatally stab a black college student on the University of Maryland's campus.

Urbanski doesn't deny stabbing Richard Collins III that night in May 2017, but one of his lawyers says he was very drunk and there is no evidence that race was his motive.

Jurors heard those dueling explanations for the stabbing during Wednesday's opening statements in Urbanski's trial. He is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A trial is scheduled to begin this week for a white man charged with a hate crime in the fatal stabbing of a black college student on the University of Maryland's campus.

Prince George's County prosecutors will argue Sean Urbanski killed Richard Collins III because he was biased against black people.

They say Urbanski liked a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation" and had at least six photographs of racist memes on his phone.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A judge is allowing prosecutors to present evidence that a white man charged with fatally stabbing a black student on the University of Maryland's campus belonged to a racist Facebook group and had racist memes on his cellphone.

Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Hill Jr. ruled Wednesday after hearing arguments on defense attorneys' request to not allow the evidence during Sean Urbanski's trial next month.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Mourners holding flowers have paid their respects at the site where a student was fatally stabbed days before his graduation.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday at the University of Maryland, College Park's chapel garden to honor Richard Collins III, who was killed Saturday on the campus.

Mourners placed red and white flowers in the center of a circle in the garden. Many walked the few blocks to the bus shelter where Collins was stabbed.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A black Bowie State University student slain over the weekend at the University of Maryland was remembered at the ceremony where he was meant to graduate.

The historically black school's commencement was held Tuesday at the neighboring university's College Park campus, where Richard Collins III was fatally stabbed early Saturday.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The father of a black student slain while visiting a neighboring university says he's too consumed by shock to fully grasp the implications of the "horrific and senseless act."

Richard Collins Jr. tells WRC-TV that he's "in no place to feel very many emotions beyond sadness and just (a) deep sense of personal loss." Collins describes his son, Richard Collins III, as a competitor with "a loving and giving heart."

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The FBI is helping to investigate the stabbing at the University of Maryland to determine whether it was a hate crime.

University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said at a press conference Sunday that he sought the FBI's help after finding that 22-year-old Sean Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation," where members post racially charged material.