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Boot Camp Death Trial

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Protests are expected today outside the Panama City courthouse where the trial of seven former juvenile boot camp guards and a camp nurse is scheduled to begin.

The guards and nurse are charged in the 2006 death of a black teenager after an altercation at the now-closed Bay County Juvenile Boot Camp.

The NAACP says it will protest the decision to hold the trial in Bay County, and the selection of an all-white jury.

The Florida Legislature dismantled the state's military-style youth boot camps after Anderson's death. The case also led to the resignation of the chief of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The Legislature agreed to pay Anderson's family $5 million earlier this year to settle civil claims in the case.


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