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Teen told friend he tried to rob murder victims

A teenager who allegedly gunned down two British tourists in Florida last year told a friend he tried to rob them, then shot them, a court heard today.

Latrece Washington, who was 17 at the time of the murders last April, said Shawn Tyson told her he told James Kouzaris, 24, and James Cooper, 25, that since they did not have any money, he had “something for your ass”.

Mr Kouzaris, from Northampton, and Mr Cooper, from Warwick, were shot dead in the impoverished Newtown area of Sarasota, Florida.

The friends, who were holidaying with Mr Cooper’s family, drunkenly walked into a rundown housing estate.

They were found shirtless with their trousers round their thighs, but both still had their wallets.

Tyson, 17, denies two counts of first-degree murder. If convicted he faces life in jail without parole.

Ms Washington, now 18, today told the court she saw Tyson sitting on his porch on April 16.

“He was like, ’last night around 3am, there was two guys walking and it looked like they were going in people’s cars.’

“He said he was with somebody and they wanted to rob them.

“He said, ’well since you ain’t got no money, I got something for your ass’.

“That’s when he was like he shot one of them in the side and one of them fell instantly and then the other one was crying for his life, and he shot him and emptied the clip on him.”

The case continues.


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