Urbanski, now 25 years old, was a U-Md student at the time of stabbing. He was charged with first-degree murder and hate crimes after officials found him a member of the world’s most famous Facebook group, “Alt-Reich: Nation,” and racist memes stored on his phone. His
During a hearing in December 2019, prosecutors said Urbanski approached Collins and two friends around 3am on the night of May 20, 2017, as several local seniors were preparing for graduation. college
“Step left, step left if you know what̵7;s best for you,” Urbanski told Collins, according to court documents. When the young man refused, Urbanski stabbed him.
At the trial, Urbanski’s attorney admitted he killed Collins. But said he was following an alcohol-fueled impulse. They argued that prosecutors were speculating on the motive from a handful of evil memes pulled from some 17,000 images of Urbanski’s phone.
Prosecutors believe Urbanski was motivated by the hatred for the murder of Collins. But Lawrence Vhill Jr., a court judge in court, threw charges of hate crimes after the state closed the case – ruling that they did not meet the legal obligations outlined in the lawsuit. Statute of the state
The decision was a big blow for Collins’ family and the prosecutor’s office at the time, state attorney Aisha Braveboy said in a recent interview, and they spoke with raw emotion about the outcome during the trial when Thursday
“In my opinion,” said Dawn Collins, “my son’s greatest crime was that he said there was no white man.”
Braveboy’s office has come to trial from former state attorney Angela Alsobrooks, who is now a district administrator. Collins’ parents were the first family Braveboy met with a state lawyer, she said.
“I know the biggest case I will have, at least on my first term here as a state attorney,” Braveboy said, “and it was a very close and dear case to me. I went to the University of Maryland and I realized there was racial tension on campus. And in order for this to happen on the campus I walked to a certain point, it impressed me. ”
She said she met Collins’ parents to reassure them and with her prosecution team to encourage them to turn their attention to the remaining murder charges.
After two hours of deliberation, the jury returned with the verdict, Braveboy said she had prayed to the Bible in her office, feeling “that day justice would come.”
“And it is,” she said.
The jury found Urbanski guilty of murder.
Later that day, Braveboy promised to go to Annapolis and change the crime law from hate – which, at the time of the trial, was narrowly written and rarely adopted in Maryland. General Richard Collins III’s Law Bill was introduced at the General Assembly a few months later and expanded the definition of hate crimes to include “all or some incentives. Portion “according to the race, color, religious beliefs of someone Sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin, or because other individuals or groups are homeless.
The bill passed last spring and became law after emotional and lobbying testimony from Braveboy, the Collins family and anti-hate group.
“His legacy lives on through his parents, through the foundations they formed and through this case and through this new law,” Braveboy said. “He will live forever.”
Collins was promoted to second lieutenant in the Army.
In October, Bowie State and U-Md. Announced a partnership to promote social justice and honor Collins’ legacy with racist studies and advice for reforming the criminal justice system.