Second Autopsy Finds Boot Camp Teen Died of Suffocation

A lawyer for a top official at a Panama City boot camp, where a teen was beaten by guards before his death, says the investigation is now going to be a ``witch hunt.''

The lawyer says Sheriff's Lieutenant Charles Helms ``knows what's coming next'' after an autopsy determined guards caused the 14-year-old's death. Helms was second in command and was present when the teen was beaten.

Doctor Vernard Adams ruled Martin Anderson was suffocated. The
autopsy found guards' hands blocked the teen's mouth, and his vocal
cords spasmed and blocked his breathing after he was forced to
inhale ammonia.

Governor Jeb Bush says he's ``disturbed'' by the autopsy findings. And he calls the guards' actions ``deplorable.''

No one has been arrested in the investigation.

Doctor Charles Siebert, the medical examiner for Bay County, had previously ruled that the boy had initially ruled the boy had a natural death from complications of a usually benign blood disorder many blacks have.

Doctor Charles Siebert Friday said he stands by his findings and doesn't know how Adams reached his conclusion.


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