A teenager jailed for life for murdering two British tourists in Florida is appealing against his conviction and sentence, it has been reported.
Shawn Tyson received two life sentences last month after he was convicted of the murders of James Kouzaris, 24, and James Cooper, 25, in April 16 last year.
The Herald-Tribune has reported that the teenager's public defender Carolyn Schlemmer has named nearly a dozen grounds for the conviction to be challenged.
They are said to include the racial makeup of the jury, which included 11 white jurors and one black juror, as well as the decision by Judge Rick De Furia to allow evidence that Tyson threatened people with a gun a week before the murders.
Mr Kouzaris, from Northampton, and Mr Cooper, from Hampton Lucy, near Warwick, were shot dead after they walked into a rundown public housing estate in Sarasota.
The court heard a statement from Mr Cooper's parents which said they celebrated his 25th birthday just three days before he died and were in "despair, disbelief and desolation" at losing the "love of their lives".
"We will miss him every minute of every day in a home that now feels empty," they said.
The families of murder victims James Cooper and James Kouzaris tonight said Shawn Tyson was "evil" and they had been given "a life sentence when our sons were so brutally and needlessly taken from us. Ours is a life sentence, with no chance of parole from a broken heart, and a shattered soul".
A jury at Sarasota County Courthouse found 17-year-old Shawn Tyson guilty of two counts of first degree murder after James Kouzaris, 24, and James Cooper, 25, were gunned down when they drunkenly walked into a public housing estate in the Newtown area of Sarasota early on April 16 last year.