WASHINGTON — Former University of Maryland student Sean Urbanski has been indicted for the May 20 slaying of newly-commissioned Army Lt. Richard Collins III, who was fatally stabbed on the College Park campus days before he was to graduate from Bowie State University.
A Prince George’s County grand jury indicted Urbanski Thursday on one felony count of murder. Urbanski was initially charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, and first degree assault.
Law enforcement sources tell WTOP the FBI will continue trying to determine whether Collins, who is black, was attacked because of his race.
Soon after Collins’ death, University of Maryland police asked for the FBI’s help after learning Urbanski, who is white, appeared to be involved in a Facebook group that posts racist information.
Law enforcement sources have said federal hate crime charges could be added to the state murder charges, if warranted.
Urbanski was enrolled at Maryland when he allegedly stabbed Collins.
In charging documents, prosecutors say Collins and his friends were waiting for an Uber ride, at about 3 a.m., when they heard Urbanski screaming as he approached them.
Urbanski approached the group screaming: “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you.” When Collins said “no,” prosecutors say Urbanski stabbed him.
Alsobrooks will discuss the indictment in a news conference 2 p.m.Thursday afternoon, outside the Upper Marlboro courthouse.
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