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Teen's parents plan 2nd autopsy

An independent autopsy will be performed on a teenager who died after boot camp guards restrained him.

By ABBIE VANSICKLE
Published March 3, 2006


The parents of Martin Lee Anderson have scheduled a news conference this morning in Tallahassee to announce who will perform an independent autopsy on their son's body.

Anderson, 14, died Jan. 6 after he was restrained by guards at a boot camp for troubled youth in Panama City.

His parents, Gina Jones and Robert Anderson, have questioned the results of an autopsy by district medical examiner Charles F. Siebert Jr., who ruled the death was natural.

"We're trying to get the truth and justice for Martin Lee Anderson," said the family's attorney, Benjamin L. Crump.

Siebert ruled the teen's death was not caused by physical trauma but by internal bleeding from sickle cell trait, a blood disorder.

At a news conference scheduled for 11 a.m., the teen's parents and Crump are expected to release the name of the person who will perform an independent autopsy, and when the teen's body will be exhumed.

A videotape of Anderson's final moments in the yard of the boot camp caused controversy when two legislators announced he was beaten by several guards.

Shortly after law enforcement agreed to make the tape public, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen announced the boot camp would be shut down.

Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober has been assigned to investigate the teen's death.

The teen's body is buried in a cemetery just a few blocks from the home where he grew up, Crump said.

On Thursday night, Crump and the family were working with the Hillsborough prosecutors to finalize details about the autopsy, Crump said. He said he hoped the autopsy would be "sooner rather than later."

Ober's spokeswoman, Pam Bondi, declined to comment on the investigation and said there is no time frame for its completion.

[Last modified March 3, 2006, 02:15:34]


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