Anderson Body Exhumed in Panama City

The body of Martin Lee Anderson was exhumed from his gravesite at the Redwood Cemetery Friday morning and is on its way to Tampa for a second autopsy. The 14-year-old died after being punched and kneed by guards at the Bay County Boot Camp.

Robert Anderson and Gina Jones arrived at the cemetery looking grief stricken. It was just two months ago they were there the first time, burying their 14-year-old son Martin.

Newly released boot camp records show the 14-year-old complained about difficulty breathing from the moment he was confronted by guards who didn’t believe him. They punched and kneed him for more than 20 minutes before realizing that he was dying.

The exhumation took less than a half hour.

Darryl Parks, one of the attorneys for the family, says the initial autopsy finding that Martin died from sickle cell trait is a cover-up.

“To those who question that it’s natural causes, hemorrhaging doesn’t happen in the abdominal areas naturally.”

Attorney Ben Crump continues to insist the teen was murdered.

“He was murdered at the boot camp and we intend on making sure that the people responsible for the death of this child is held accountable.”

Sen. Frederica Wilson of the Black Legislative Caucus issued a new call for criminal charges in the case.

“We need answers. We need somebody arrested today. Today! It’s possible.”

The autopsy will be performed Monday in Tampa. Plans for bringing Martin’s body back to Panama City are still incomplete.

The family has hired its own medical expert to observe the second autopsy.

In addition to a state run criminal probe by special prosecutor Mark Ober, a federal prosecutor is also investigating the death.

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