Doctor To Examine Competency Of Man Accused In Acid Attack

Psychiatric Evaluation Will Determine Whether Accused Can Assist In His Criminal Defense

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Milwaukee County Courthouse
Milwaukee County Courthouse. Gretchen Brown/WPR

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 A. Blackwell. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee County Jail

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

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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.

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

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