Sean Urbanski

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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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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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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A judge has granted a delay in the trial of a white man charged with murder and a hate crime in a black student's fatal stabbing.

The Washington Post reports a Prince George's County Circuit Court judge granted the delay Thursday, 11 days before the trial of 24-year-old Sean Urbanski was scheduled to begin. Defense attorneys sought the delay, saying in a June 28 court filing that their expert in digital forensic examination needs more time to analyze material from Urbanski's cellphone.

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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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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A judge must decide if prosecutors can 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 called "Alt-Reich: Nation."

Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Hill Jr. is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on defense attorneys' request to exclude evidence of the Facebook page from Sean Urbanski's trial next month.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Attorneys for a white man charged with fatally stabbing a black student on the University of Maryland's campus have asked a judge to throw out a hate crime charge against their client.

Sean Urbanski is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the May 2017 killing of Bowie State University student Richard Collins III. Collins was visiting friends at the University of Maryland when he was stabbed to death.

In a court filing last Friday, Urbanski's lawyers argue the hate crime charge violates his First Amendment free speech rights.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for the white man accused in a fatal stabbing of a black college student in Maryland want a judge to separate his murder and hate crime charges.

The Baltimore Sun reports in a filing in Prince George's County Circuit Court, lawyers for Sean Urbanski questioned the admissibility of evidence tying him to a Facebook page called "Alt-Reich: Nation," as well as "certain cartoon images."

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Lawyers for the man charged with murder and a hate crime in the fatal stabbing of a black student in Maryland have asked a judge to exclude evidence tying him to a Facebook page called "Alt-Reich: Nation."

News outlets report 23-year-old Sean Urbanski's lawyers filed a motion Friday, saying they believe prosecutors will present content from the now-deleted white supremacist Facebook page that they say is "inflammatory" and "irrelevant."

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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.