Ex-girlfriend seeks to avoid testifying at hate crime trial

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A California college student wants to be excused from testifying at the murder trial of an ex-boyfriend charged with a hate crime in a black student’s fatal stabbing on the University of Maryland’s campus.

Sean Urbanski’s former girlfriend, Kim Stringer, says he mistakenly believes she would testify that he had no racial animus that would motivate him to commit a hate crime. A court filing last week says Stringer doesn’t have any relevant testimony that would assist Urbanski’s defense.

Stringer’s attorney is seeking to quash a subpoena for her testimony next month at Urbanski’s trial in Maryland. A judge didn’t immediately rule on the request.

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

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