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GUILTY FL - James Cooper, 25, & James Kouzaris, 24, slain, Sarasota, 16 April 2011

Discussion in 'Recently Sentenced and Beyond' started by wfgodot, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Teen gunman accused of murdering two British tourists in Florida was released from custody 2 weeks ago (Daily Mail)

    Police arrested a teenager for the crimes, one who had only recently been released from jail while another shooting case was being investigated:

    The neighborhood is, sadly, infamous for its amount of crime; it's an open question why the two men were there in the first place - no drug paraphernalia was found on them, though that does not mean there was no drug involvement in the tragedy:
    The rest at Daily Mail link above - a huge article with several sections (including one by former British vice-consul in Florida Hugh Hunter) and beaucoups pictures.

    The crime has "of tabloid interest" scrawled all across it, viz.:

    Hours to live... the last photos of shot Brit pals (The Sun)
    Florida shooting: Brit tourists killed in machine gun attack were lured to their deaths, fear police (Mirror)
    Boy of 16 faces death for hol Brit murders (Daily Star)

    -----and even the broadsheets are playing it up:

    Florida shootings suspect named as police investigate drug deal theory (Guardian)
    Britons shot in Florida killed as part of 'gang initiation' (Telegraph)

    And U.S. violence senselessly claims two more lives.
     
  2. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    From the Guardian article (link above)

     
  3. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    It was suggested on the radio this morning that they had been offered a lift and then taken to a dodgy area.

    I have travelled extensively and have on a few occasions found myself in questionable situations, always by accident and I guess I have just been lucky..

    This will, I am afraid, just underline USA as a dangerous place in a lot of tourists minds. Shame, I would love to visit
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Daily Mail, adding to yesterday's lengthy article with....

    Who are the Florida women? Pictures which could catch killers of Britons

    More, with pictures, at DM link above.
     
  5. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    I don't like Sarasota. I was there the beginning of the month, and went to Mote Aquarium. I was visiting my mother who winters in Fl. and drove her car to Mote Aquarium. Her car had Ohio tags.

    As we were leaving the aquarium, we were stopped at a stop sign and I could hear people yelling and cussing. I was on the phone and I just thought it was someone behind me in an argument. Then I heard something about Ohio state sucks.

    They followed me for a couple of blocks, then I made a point of picking up the cell phone and making a call. Yes, I called 911 and gave their license number. When they saw me on the cell, they turned off.

    I had never seen these guys before. No previous arguments or even conversation with them. No Ohio State stickers. As best I could tell, this was all because I had Ohio plates.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    New, "looking for an IHOP" explanation mooted:

    Florida Britons searching for a meal in the early hours missed a turning. It cost them their lives

    Lengthy Daily Mail article, with maps, photos, etc. etc., at link above.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Florida suspect in Britons' deaths 'should have been in custody' (Guardian)

    Much more at link above.
     
  8. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    A teenager accused of murdering two British tourists in Florida last year will not give evidence in his defence.

    Shawn Tyson is on trial charged with two counts of first degree murder after allegedly trying rob, then shooting dead, James Kouzaris, 24, and James Cooper, 25, in Sarasota.
    http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/...3.No_evidence_from_Florida_accused/r/?ref=rss

    I'm sure there is a defense strategy here but I am not seeing it.
     
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    PHB New Member

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    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.stratfordobserver.co.uk/...da-murder-teen's-sentence-quashed-117560.html

     

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