A killing on campus: Following the trial for ex-UMD student accused of stabbing Richard Collins

The bus stop in front of Montgomery Hall where police say Sean Urbanski fatally stabbed Richard Collins of Bowie State University in May 2017. Urbanski's trial started on Dec. 9 after being delayed four times. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

In the early hours of May 20, 2017, Bowie State University senior Richard Collins, a newly commissioned Army 2nd Lieutenant, was stabbed to death near a bus stop on the University of Maryland’s campus.

Sean Urbanski, a former student at this university, was ultimately found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing that shook College Park.

Follow The Diamondback’s coverage of December’s trial here:

Family of Richard Collins planning to push for changes in Maryland’s hate crime law

Jurors convicted a former UMD student of first-degree murder in Collins’ death.

By Jillian Atelsek, Leah Brennan and Christine Condon | Published Dec. 18, 2019

Sean Urbanski found guilty of first-degree murder in 2017 killing at UMD

Jury deliberations lasted for under two hours.

By Jillian Atelsek, Leah Brennan and Christine Condon | Published Dec. 18, 2019

“Unsettling”: UMD community reacts to removal of hate crime charge in Urbanski trial

A judge ruled the state hadn’t provided sufficient evidence to support the charge.

By Angela Roberts | Published Dec. 17, 2019

Hate crime charge dropped against Sean Urbanski, ex-UMD student charged in 2017 killing

The jury will hear closing arguments Wednesday.

By Leah Brennan and Jillian Atelsek | Published Dec. 17, 2019

Prosecutors rest their case in Urbanski trial after showing racist memes from his phone

He’s charged with murder and a hate crime in the stabbing of 2nd Lt. Richard Collins.

By Jillian Atelsek, Christine Condon and Leah Brennan | Published Dec. 16, 2019

“A symbol of love”: Collins family supporters gather at trial with buttons and t-shirts

The judge had to tell a packed courtroom Wednesday that symbols supporting one side or the other weren’t permitted.

By Angela Roberts and Victoria Ebner | Published Dec. 12, 2019

On first day of testimony, Sean Urbanski’s lawyers argue he was too drunk to plan killing

Prosecutors argued racist images found on his phone “poisoned” his mind, contributing to the killing.

By Christine Condon and Jillian Atelsek | Published Dec. 11, 2019

Jury chosen for Sean Urbanski murder trial

The majority of the 16 jurors chosen were people of color.

By Jillian Atelsek and Nora Eckert | Published Dec. 10, 2019

Judge asks potential jurors about racism, alcoholism on first day of Sean Urbanski trial

About 20 possible jurors were dismissed after hours of careful questioning.

By Angela Roberts | Published Dec. 9, 2019

Sean Urbanski will face hate crime charges in Richard Collins’ killing, judge rules

He also ruled that evidence from Urbanski’s phone will be admissible in trial.

By Jillian Atelsek | Published June 5, 2019

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