Closing Arguments Begin in Trial of Guards in Boot Camp Death

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A defense attorney in the Panama City boot camp trial says convicting the guards would be like spitting on troops fighting an unpopular war.

The guards repeatedly hit, kneed and dragged a 14-year-old boy around after he collapsed while running laps at the camp. A nurse stood by watching.

Closing arguments in their trial began today. The eight face as many as 30 years in prison if convicted of aggravated manslaughter of child.

Earlier in the day, a prosecutor told jurors that the guards and nurse ignored common sense and good judgment in an altercation with a Martin Lee Anderson .

The case helped prompt Florida to close its juvenile boot camps. The camps were designed to discourage juvenile offenders from becoming adult felons.

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

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