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Doctor to evaluate competency of man accused in acid attack

Clifton Blackwell
Posted at 3:47 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 17:41:47-05

MILWAUKEE — A 61-year-old man accused of throwing acid on a Latino man's face during a racist attack will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he can assist in his criminal defense.

Clifton Blackwell's lawyer asked for the evaluation during a Friday hearing in Milwaukee. Blackwell's next court date is Nov. 25.

Blackwell, who is white, is charged with first-degree reckless injury in a case that's being prosecuted as a hate crime. He's accused of confronting Mahud Villalaz near a restaurant and throwing acid on his face after accusing him of being in the country illegally and invading the U.S.

Villalaz suffered second-degree burns in the attack.

Designating the case as a hate crime means Blackwell could face a longer sentence if convicted.