The parents of a 14-year-old boy who died in a state boot camp for juvenile offenders are suing the Bay County Sheriff’s Department for $40 million.
Martin Lee Anderson died in January after a videotaped beating at the Bay County Boot Camp.
Attorney Daryl Parks says that tape is all they really need to convince a jury that someone should pay for the teenager’s death.
“If you, we play that tape and we say that during closing arguments, ‘here’s a tape and the only people you see in that tape beating him are the authorities from the Sheriff’s Department’ and that evidence is powerful. It speaks volumes, right? And the world sees it and a jury will see it.”
Attorneys for Anderson’s parents say they offered to settle out of court for $3 million, the maximum covered by the sheriff’s insurance policy. When that offer was rejected, they filed a wrongful death lawsuit asking for $40 million in damages.
Sheriff Frank McKeithen, in a news release Wednesday afternoon, said lawyers for the department have not negotiated a settlement yet because the case is still under investigation.