Judge: Milwaukee man to face trial in racist acid attack
MILWAUKEE (AP) – A judge has ruled that Milwaukee prosecutors have enough evidence to try a 62-year-old white man accused of throwing acid on a Latino man’s face during a racist attack that’s being prosecuted as a hate crime.
The judge made the ruling in a brief hearing Wednesday.
Clifton Blackwell is charged with first-degree reckless injury.
Prosecutors say he attacked Mahud Villalaz in Milwaukee in November after accusing him of being in the country illegally and invading the United States.
Villalaz suffered second-degree burns.
Blackwell is due in court Feb. 3 to enter a plea
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