A Georgia man has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery after he allegedly poured boiling water on a young gay couple taking a nap; one of whom was his girlfriend’s son.
On February 12th, 48-year-old Martin Blackwell, 48, found 23-year-old Anthony Gooden and 21-year-old Marquez Tolbert sleeping on a mattress in the living room of the apartment Anthony shares with his mother, Blackwell’s girlfriend..
Mr. Blackwell says the two victims had become “inseparable” and that he couldnâ€™t stand the sight of them together.
“They was stuck together like two hot dogs, so I poured a little hot water on them and helped them out,â€ he told authorities. â€œThey’ll be all right. It was just a little hot water.”
During the attack, Marquez says that Blackwell told them, â€œGet out of my house with all that gay.â€
The two men were rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital after sustaining serious burn injuries.
â€œWe were just burning,â€ Marquez said. â€œMy body was just stinging. It was like a really, really severe kind of stinging. I could hardly think straight.â€
Marquez received a skin graft, replacing the severely burned and scarred skin on his back with skin from his thigh. â€œThe pain doesnâ€™t let you sleep,â€ he told a news station. â€œItâ€™s just like itâ€™s excruciating 24 hours a day.â€
Although Marquez Tolbert has been released, Anthony Gooden has remained in the hospital since the February attack.
Martin Blackwell is being held in the Fulton County Jail without bond as he awaits legal representation.
Georgia doesn’t yet recognize anti-gay hate crimes in its laws and statutes, and the LGBT liaison for the Atlanta Police Department has yet to make a statement on whether local law enforcement plans to pursue federal charges for the incident.