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Boot Camp Trial Closing Arguments

October 11th, 2007 by flanews

The trial of seven guards and nurse in the death of a 14-year-old boy at the now-closed Bay County Boot Camp is nearing the end. Martin Lee Anderson died in January 2006. On Thursday, day 7 of the trial, jurors heard closing arguments. As Chris Casquejo tells us, the video took center stage and prosecutors asked a basic question of what guards were doing.

Hear it here: Boot Camp Trial Closing Arguments

The videotape of Martin Andersons death was the centerpiece of closing arguments from the prosecution. The seven guards and nurse are charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. For Martin Andersons father, seeing his son struggle on video over and over is heart-wrenching.

Its reliving everything over again. You know what Im saying? To sit there and listen to them tell their side of the story, Anderson said.

One juror was excused for medical reasons. Defendant Joseph Walsh was also missing from the courtroom after being hospitalized with chest pains.

Two conflicting autopsies are central to this case. The first one from the Bay County Medical Examiner that ruled that Anderson died from complications from sickle cell trait. And the second from Hillsborough County that found Anderson died from suffocation.

With the video rolling, prosecutors argued that guards covering Martin Andersons mouth repeatedly and forcing him to inhale ammonia deprived him of oxygen and caused him to die.

How long does this go on before someone says enough? Enough is enough! And it goes on and on, said prosecutor Mike Sinacore.

The jury could start deliberating Friday morning.

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