Acused British Tourists Killer Trial Continues

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Prosecutors in the trial of Shawn Tyson will continue to question the detective who investigated the slayings of two tourists from the U.K. who were on holiday in Sarasota in 2011.

Friday is the second day of testimony in the trial.

On Thursday, jurors saw photos of the dead victims and heard from Det. John Todd, the lead investigator on the case.

Seventeen-year-old Shawn Tyson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Defense attorneys say there’s no evidence tying him to the crime and that witnesses testifying against him won’t be credible.

James Cooper and James Kouzaris, both British, were vacationing in Sarasota and shot to death in a housing project early one morning after drinking heavily.
 

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the trial of a Florida teen accused of killing two British men who were visiting Sarasota on holiday.

Attorneys selected a jury of nine women and five men on Wednesday and opening statements will be given Thursday morning.

Shawn Tyson is being held at the Sarasota County Jail without bail. He’s been charged with two counts of first degree murder.

If convicted, he faces life in prison because he is 17, he cannot face the death penalty.

Authorities say Tyson shot and killed British tourists James Kouzaris and James Cooper last April.

The two men were dining and drinking in downtown Sarasota when they walked into a crime-ridden neighborhood. It’s unclear why the men ended up in the area.

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