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Students murder jury to be sworn in

james Kouzaris & James Cooper Photo: Police

The trial of a youth accused of shooting dead two former Sheffield University students holidaying in Florida is due to start this week with two days set aside for jury selection.

Shawn Tyson, 16, has denied killing James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, as they staggered drunkenly through Newtown, Sarasota, in the early hours of 16 April after a night out.

The pair , had been enjoying a three-week holiday with Cooper's family in the upmarket Longboat Key resort but on the fateful night had gone drinking at the Smokin' Joes bar seven miles away in central Sarasota before visiting a 7-Eleven late-night grocery store two miles away in run down Newtown.

They were found dead in the street in Newtown shirtless and with multiple gunshot wounds.

Medical records released by the Sarasota coroner, meanwhile, show that the pair, who became friends as students at the University of Sheffield, had blood alcohol levels more than three times Florida's legal limit for driving.

Suspected gang member Tyson was arrested shortly after the shootings. He denies murdering the British pair but if found guilty he faces a probable life sentence

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