Jury to hear opening statements in Urbanski's hate crime trial

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Posted at 5:03 AM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 05:04:00-05

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Jurors are expected to hear attorneys' opening statements Wednesday in the trial of a white man charged with fatally stabbing a black college student on the University of Maryland's campus.

Sean Urbanski is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the May 2017 killing of 23-year-old Richard Collins III.

Prosecutors claim Urbanski was motivated by a bias against black people. Defense attorneys said Urbanski was extremely drunk that night and maintained there is no evidence of a racist motive for the killing.