Judge: Milwaukee man to face trial in racist acid attack

Wisconsin acid attack suspect once held hunters at gunpoint
Blackwell

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