Shawn Tyson due in Florida court over pair's deaths

Shawn Tyson
Image caption Mr Tyson has been charged with first-degree murder

The trial of a teenager accused of shooting dead two Britons in Florida is to hear its first evidence later.

Shawn Tyson, 17, will be tried for the murders of James Cooper, 25, and his friend James Kouzaris, 24, in Sarasota.

Mr Kouzaris, from Northampton, was on holiday with Mr Cooper and his family, from Hampton Lucy, near Warwick, when they were killed in the early hours of 16 April last year.

Mr Tyson has been charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree murder.

He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted at the Sarasota court.

The case, which starts at 09:00 GMT local time (13:00 GMT), is set to hear opening statements from the prosecution and defence.