Looks like Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III may still get justice yet, now that a Prince George's County, Md., grand jury decided Tuesday to hand up a hate crime charge against Sean Urbanski, a white University of Maryland student accused of fatally stabbing Collins. A student at the University of Maryland at College Park has been charged in the stabbing death of Richard W. Collins III, which took place while Collins was visiting friends at College Park.
Urbanski was indicted by a separate grand jury in July on a common-law murder charge, first- and second-degree murder.
Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks declined to say exactly what evidence of an alleged racial motive was found. She said investigators analyzed a phone and computers. The FBI became involved after the discovery that Urbanski, a 2013 graduate of Severna Park High School, belonged to a Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation", where members share white supremacist memes.
"It is our great hope that we will bring peace and healing to the family in this case", Alsobrooks told CNN.
Prosecutors said last month that they planned to seek a life sentence without the possibility of parole if Urbanski were convicted of first-degree murder.
Urbanski is scheduled to go on trial in January. However, he had previously escaped hate crime charges because prosecutors found it hard to build a case. They said Urbanski screamed to move out of his way, but Collins refused.
Urbanski has been held on a murder charge since the stabbing. Less than a week earlier, they announced that a 52-year-old man was charged in connection to another swastika that was reported outside of a residence hall.
Following Tuesday's hate crime charge, the University of Maryland posted a statement on Twitter saying: "The Collins family remains in our thoughts, following the tragic loss last May". She also acknowledged that there may not be "anything that can ever be done to really completely heal a wound like this".