ATLANTA – A prosecutor told a jury that a Georgia man threw boiled water on a gay couple as they lay in bed in a vicious, pre-meditated attack.
Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Franklin Engram made the assertion during his opening statement Tuesday in the trial of Martin Blackwell, who faces charges including aggravated battery and aggravated assault.
The 48-year-old Blackwell was a long-distance trucker and stayed with his girlfriend, Kim Foster, when he was in town.
Prosecutors say Foster's son, Anthony Gooden, and his boyfriend, Marquez Tolbert, were sleeping in bed at the apartment in College Park when Blackwell poured boiled water on them in February. Both men suffered extensive burns and required multiple surgeries.
Blackwell's defense attorneys chose to delay their opening statement until the prosecution rests.