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Monday, March 28, 2016

MAN FACES 80 YEARS JAIL TIME FOR POURING BOILING WATER ON GAY COUPLE WHO WERE ASLEEP


The man who is accused of pouring scalding water on a sleeping gay couple, causing them burns so severe that they required extensive skin surgery, has been indicted and could face up to 80 years in jail.

According to the  Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, Martin Blackwell, 48, is facing eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault.

Georgia does not have a sentence enhancement for hate crimes.
On February 12, Blackwell is said to have poured scalding water on Anthony Gooden, 23, and his boyfriend, Marquez Tolbert, 21, as they slept in a College Park apartment which Gooden shares with his mother, Kim Foster. She has been in a relationship with the accused for three years.

Blackwell told authorities that he was disgusted with Gooden’s relationship with Tolbert.

Tolbert sustained second and third degree burns and spent 10 days at Grady Memorial Hospital undergoing surgery that took skin from his thigh to replace skin on his back.

Gooden sustained severe burns on his face, neck, back, chest and arms. For two weeks he was in a coma, and was released from hospital approximately a week ago.

Gooden came out to his family last year, and introduced his boyfriend to relatives. Blackwell allegedly expressed disapproval of the gay couple the night before the assault.

According to news reports, the victims stated Blackwell yelled, ‘Get out of my house with all that gay.’

Blackwell reportedly told the police, ‘They was stuck together like two hot dogs, so I poured a little hot water on them and helped them out. They was stuck like two hot dogs. They’ll be all right; it was just a little hot water.’

The FBI has recently announced that it is investigating the attack as a hate crime although Georgia does not specific hate crime laws.

In states that do not have hate crime laws, victims of alleged hate crimes must rely on the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act that calls for fines and up to 10 years in prison.

SOURCE: GAY STAR NEWS

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