Boot Camp Death Trial Begins in Bay County

PANAMA CITY, Florida (AP) - Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday in the trial of seven juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse charged with aggravated manslaughter in the videotaped beating of a 14-year-old boy.

Martin Anderson died in January 2006 after being taken to a hospital from the now-closed Bay County Juvenile Boot Camp. He had been sent there for a probation violation and became lethargic during a physical fitness test shortly after arriving.

An exercise yard videotape shows the guards hitting the boy with their fists and knees. The camp nurse is accused of watching but doing nothing during most of the 30-minute encounter.

The guards and nurse face as many as 30 years in prison if convicted of aggravated manslaughter of a child.

The Legislature agreed to pay Anderson's family five million dollars to settle civil claims.

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