Richard Collins III (left); Sean Christopher Urbanski (right) (Facebook)
A Maryland judge dismissed the hate-crime charge against man on trial for the murder of a Bowie State University student, saying prosecutors did not meet the burden of proof.
Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Hill Jr. ruled Tuesday that the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office did not prove the stabbing death of Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III was motivated by hate. The first-degree murder charge against Sean Urbanski is expected to go to the jury Wednesday following closing arguments. The defense rested its case Tuesday.
"We believe there is no evidence of a race-based killing," defense attorney John M. McKenna said.
Both Collins' and Urbanski's parents wept after the hate crime charge was dismissed.
A Marine wanted for killing his mother's boyfriend reportedly escaped police by hiding inside an RV they'd spent hours searching before towing it to a parking lot, where he escaped under the cover of darkness.
It wasn't until more than two weeks later authorities finally caught up to Michael Brown at his mom's home, which was the scene of the crime.
Brown stuffed himself into a tight spot in his camper during an hours-long search of the vehicle on Nov. 10, according to NBC affiliate WSLS in Virginia. A day earlier, cops said Brown fatally shot his mother's boyfriend, Rodney Brown. The AWOL Marine remained on the lam until Nov. 27, where he was finally apprehended without incident.