Opening Statements Start for Guards, Nurse in Boot Camp Trial

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Protesters doubt an a mostly white jury will be impartial in the manslaughter trial of seven former juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse charged with killing a black teenager.

Opening statements begin today in the trial.

Police say there are no disturbances outside the court. The judge has read instructions to the jury about the death of 14-year-old Martin Anderson.

The teen's parents are not in court, which is across the street from the now-closed boot camp.

The Florida State Conference of the NAACP says it will demonstrate outside because five of the six jurors are white and the trial was not moved from Bay County in the Florida Panhandle.

The guards were videotaped hitting and kicking Anderson and the encounter received heavy attention here.

Anderson was black; the guards are white, black and Asian.

The guards and nurse face up to 30 years in prison each if convicted of aggravated manslaughter of a child.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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