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Jury Convicts Ga. Man in Boiled Water Attack On Gays

Associated Press

Wednesday August 24, 2016

A jury has convicted a Georgia man accused of pouring boiled water on a gay couple as they slept.

The jury found Martin Blackwell guilty on eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in the attack that left Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert with severe burns that required multiple surgeries.

Prosecutors have said Blackwell faces up to 80 years in prison.

The 48-year-old Blackwell was a long-distance trucker and stayed with his girlfriend, Kim Foster, when he was in town. Gooden was Foster's son.

Gooden and his boyfriend were sleeping in bed at an apartment in College Park when Blackwell poured boiled water on them in February.

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