Teen gunman guilty of student murders

James Kouzaris and James Cooper
James Kouzaris and James Cooper Photo: Calendar News

The trial was one of Florida's most publicised in years because this area relies on tourism. The murder of two British visitors sent shockwaves across the entire state.

The defendant was teenager Shawn Tyson from the Newtown area of Sarasota. He was accused of shooting dead 24 year-old James Kouzaris from Northampton and 25 year-old James Cooper from Hampton Lucy in Warwickshire.

The two friends, who met at the University of Sheffield were on holiday last April when they found their way into Newtown after a night out in the city centre.

After a two week trial it took the jury just two hours to return a guilty verdict and Tyson was handed down two life sentences.