16-year old indicted in British tourists' murder

4th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The US teenager who allegedly killed two British tourists last month as they wandered near a government-subsidized housing development, has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and will be tried as an adult.

Sarasota Police chief Mikel Hollaway said in a statement that if convicted, Shawn Tyson faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Tyson, 16, was arrested on April 17 for allegedly shooting and killing two British tourists, James Cooper, 25, and James Thomas Kouzaris, 24. The two men were killed at 3 am (0700 GMT) on April 16 in the city of Sarasota, a resort town on the west coast of Florida.

Tyson had been arrested just nine days before allegedly killing Cooper and Kouzaris for aggravated assault with a handgun.

At a press conference announcing Tyson's arrest, Hollaway did not address how Tyson was back on the streets so quickly after being arrested on the handgun assault charge.

© 2011 AFP

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