UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — A judge is allowing prosecutors to present evidence that a white man charged with fatally stabbing a black student on the University of Maryland's campus belonged to a racist Facebook group and had racist memes on his cellphone.
A Prince George's County judge ruled Wednesday after hearing arguments on defense attorneys' request to not allow the evidence.
Urbanski was charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime of killing Bowie State University student Richard Collins III in May 2017. Collins was visiting friends at the University of Maryland when he was fatally stabbed.
Urbanski's lawyers said the "Alt-Reich: Nation" Facebook page and racist memes that investigators pulled from Urbanski's cellphone are "particularly offensive," inflammatory, irrelevant and inadmissible at trial.