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Jury selected for boot camp trial in Florida

A jury was selected Wednesday for the trial of seven juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse charged in the death of 14-year-old.

Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet swore in the group of 10, which included four alternates, The News Herald of Panama City reported. The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 3 and last eight days.

About the Bay County Boot Camp Case

Martin Lee Anderson died in January 2006 after being taken to a hospital from the now-closed Bay County Juvenile Boot Camp. He had been sent to the camp for a probation violation and became lethargic during a physical fitness test shortly after arriving.

Preliminary Evidence

An exercise yard videotape shows seven guards repeatedly hitting the boy with their fists and knees. The camp nurse is accused of watching but doing nothing during most of the 30-minute encounter.

The seven guards and the nurse face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of aggravated manslaughter of a child.

Overstreet told the jury to avoid media reports involving the case and not to discuss the case with anyone outside the courtroom.

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