Judge: Milwaukee man to face trial in racist acid attack

Clifton Blackwell in Milwaukee County Court (Source: FOX6)
Clifton Blackwell in Milwaukee County Court (Source: FOX6)(NBC15)
Published: Jan. 29, 2020 at 2:59 PM CST
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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.