BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The man accused of stabbing a Bowie State University student to death on the University of Maryland College Park campus in May has been formally charged with murder.
It’s a murder that rattled all of Maryland.
The victim, 23-year-old Richard Collins III, had just been commissioned into the Army as a lieutenant and was due to graduate from college just days after he was killed.
His alleged killer, Sean Urbanski, was indicted on one count of murder.
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said they do not have enough to go with hate crime charges at this time.
Collins was stabbed to death at a bus stop at the University of Maryland in College Park, something many can’t make sense of.
“The why is something we all want to know, we all want to understand why this happened,” Alsobrooks said.
It’s been almost two months, and investigators are still trying to figure out what prompted a complete stranger to murder Richard Collins III.
“He was simply standing with friends, completely unprovoked, he was repeatedly stabbed at bus stop,” said Alsobrooks.
His death rocked the entire state.
“I couldn’t believe it was him,” one of Collins’ friends said.
Just days before he was set to graduate from Bowie State University.
“He was on his way to being an outstanding leader in the United States Army.”
The alleged killer, Urbanski, belonged to the Facebook group “Alt-reich Nation,” which has racist comments posted on the group’s page.
While authorities are continuing to investigate the gruesome killing as a possible hate crime, on Thursday, Urbanski was indicted on only one count of murder.
“So far, based on what we have, we have to continue to investigate, and didn’t have enough today,” Alsobrooks said.
Urbanski’s lawyer has said alcohol played a factor.
Authorities, including the FBI, continue to hone in on digital evidence.
“There’s video evidence that captured the entire incident that occurred and the stabbing of Lt. Collins,” said prosecutor Joseph Ruddy.
Doing everything they can to bring justice to Collins’ family.
A man who was just 23 years old, with nothing less than a promising future.
“This family deserves to know, as best as we can, why this happened to their son,” Alsobrooks said. “It’s important to us to get it right, not to rush to announce something before we can able to.”
The state’s attorney said her office will seek the maximum penalty of life without parole for Urbanksi, if he’s convicted.
The state’s attorney said the investigation into whether the murder was hate motivated in any way continues, and should the evidence warrant it, the state can seek a superseding indictment from the grand jury, charging Urbanski with a hate crime.
Authorities expect to conclude their investigation within the coming weeks.