PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Bay County prosecutors are scheduled to call medical experts in today's trial of seven former juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse charged with killing a 14-year-old boy.
Prosecutors say Martin Anderson died because the guards repeatedly hit and kicked him, then broke ammonia tablets and covered his nose, forcing him to inhale the fumes throughout the 30-minute videotaped encounter.
But defense attorneys say the surveillance video shows their clients restraining Anderson through standard camp procedures. They claim Anderson was resisting after becoming lethargic during a physical fitness test.
He died a day later after being taken to a hospital from the boot camp, which was run by the county sheriff's office.
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