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Boot camp trial gets under way

The trial of seven boot camp guards and a nurse charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of a 14-year-old inmate began Wednesday with three hours of opening statements by the prosecutor and seven of the eight defense attorneys.deadbloke.jpgMartin Lee Anderson died at the Bay County Boot Camp in January 2006 after the officers were videotaped for nearly 30 minutes hitting and kicking him in an effort to motivate him to exercise.

Anderson was sent to the boot camp after he violated his probation, stealing his grandmother’s car.

The Bay County medical examiner ruled the boy died of sickle cell trait, a genetic condition not usually considered fatal. A second autopsy performed by an outside medical examiner, however, concluded Anderson died of asphyxiation. Attorneys on both sides made it clear the conflicting autopsy conclusions will be the central question in the trial.

Source: MH

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