Man indicted on charge of pouring boiling water on gay men

Martin Blackwell

Martin Blackwell

ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors say a man accused of pouring boiled water on two gay men inside a suburban Atlanta apartment has been indicted.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced the indictment of 48-year-old Martin Blackwell on Friday.

Authorities say Blackwell told investigators he was disgusted with Anthony Gooden’s relationship with Marquez Tolbert and poured “a little hot water on them” last month. Blackwell is the boyfriend of Gooden’s mother.

Howard said Tolbert was hospitalized for 10 days and had to undergo surgery. He said Gooden was released from a hospital two weeks ago.

Blackwell has been charged with eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault He’s being held at the Fulton County Jail. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Steve Emmett of the FBI’s Atlanta office told WSB-AM last week that the agency has opened a federal hate crime investigation.

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