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Defense seeks trial delay in fatal stabbing on campus

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Defense attorneys are asking for more time to prepare for a trial of a white man charged with murder and a hate crime in a black student’s fatal stabbing on the University of Maryland’s campus.

Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Hill Jr. hasn’t ruled on the request to postpone Sean Urbanski’s trial, which is scheduled to start July 22.

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

Urbanski’s lawyers said in a June 28 court filing that their expert in digital forensic examination needs more time to analyze material from Urbanski’s cellphone.

County prosecutors are opposed to delaying the trial. They have said racist content found on Urbanski’s cellphone points to a motive for the killing.

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