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Murder accused 'found with bullets'

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering two British friends in Florida was found in possession of the same type of bullets that killed the holidaymakers.

James Kouzaris, 24, and James Cooper, 25, were gunned down in a rundown Sarasota neighbourhood on April 16 after a night out drinking.

Mr Kouzaris, of Northampton, and Mr Cooper, of Hampton Lucy, near Warwick, were on holiday together with Mr Cooper's parents in the upmarket island city of Longboat Key, about 12 miles from the crime scene.

Shawn Tyson, who lived near the murder spot, was arrested and charged with the men's murders.

He was reportedly released from police custody hours before the slayings despite a judge raising concerns that he posed a danger to the community.

He had previously appeared in court on charges that he fired gun shots into an occupied car in an unrelated crime earlier in the month.

Police released documents showing they had matched bullets found in the suspect's room with the calibre used to kill the pair - .22 rounds.

Sarasota County Court documents also show that anonymous tips led detectives to search Tyson's home.

The teenager has been charged as an adult with two counts of "first-degree" murder.

Nearly two months on, police are still stumped over why the victims were in an impoverished and dangerous area in the early hours of the morning. They still had money on them along with a camera and did not appear to have been robbed.


From Belfast Telegraph