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Boot camp hearing under way



The Legislature's special master hearing on the death of Martin Lee Anderson began at 8 this morning with remarks from one of lawyers for the teen's parents.

"Few alive have experienced what this family has experienced," said attorney Daryl Parks. He recounted how Anderson's body was buried once after his January 2006 death, then exhumed for a second autopsy and buried again. "Three times to the cemetery, for you child's body to be raised?"

With Gov. Charlie Crist's backing, the family is seeking $5-million from the Department of Juvenile Justice. The legislature must approve the award. The family has already settled for $2.4-million with the Bay County Sheriff's Office, which operated the boot camp for DJJ.

(Photo: During a break, lawyer Ben Crump consults with the boy's parents, Robert Anderson and Gina Jones of Panama City)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:41pm]


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