Eight Charged in Anderson Case

11-28-06

Seven former juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse were charged today with aggravated manslaughter in the death of a 14-year-old boy who was roughed up by the guards during a videotaped altercation.

The announcement comes almost 11 months after Martin Lee Anderson collapsed on the exercise yard at the Bay County Sheriff's Boot Camp in Panama City on January 5.

Guards said he was uncooperative and refused to continue participating in exercises that were part of the boot camp's intake processes. He died early the next morning in Pensacola.

The boy's death sparked protests in the state capital, the elimination of the military-style boot camp system and the resignation of the state's top law enforcement officer.

An initial autopsy by medical examiner Dr. Charles Siebert found Anderson died of complications of sickle cell trait, a usually benign blood disorder.

A second autopsy by Doctor Vernard Adams, the medical examiner for Hillsborough County, ruled Anderson's death was caused by suffocation due to the actions of the guards.

Dr. Siebert has stood by his initial findings.


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