No Hate Crime Charges Against Man Who Fatally Stabbed Richard Collins
A white University of Maryland student who is accused of fatally stabbing a black Bowie State student will not be facing hate crime charges.
Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, is charged with killing the 22-year-old Richard Collins III on May 20, three days before Collins was expected to graduate. In a report from NBC Washington, a video of the attack was caught by security cameras mounted near the bus stop where Collins was attacked. The footage was used to indict Urbanski, with police saying the attack was unprovoked. However, prosecutors were not able to bring hate crime charges against Urbanski.
“We didn’t have enough today,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said at a news conference on Thursday afternoon. “Developing a motive is always a challenging aspect of a case. In this case, and in any other case, you can’t get it wrong.”
Shortly after the attack, Urbanski was found to have been a part of a Facebook group called “Alt-Reich Nation,” where members post offensive remarks about black people and others.
Prosecutors will seek a life without parole sentence on murder charges for Urbanski and are still going through his electronic devices for possible evidence. Since the investigation is ongoing Urbanski could still be charged with a hate crime if enough evidence warrants it.