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Jury selection delays Florida murder trial.

THE case of a teenager accused of shooting dead a Coventry tennis coach and his friend in Florida did not open last night, as the prolonged US system of jury selection took its toll on the planned timetable of the trial.

Shawn Tyson is accused of killing 25-year-old James Cooper - who lived in Warwick and worked at Beechwood Tennis Club in Earlsdon - and friend James Kouzaris, 24, in Sarasota in April last year.

Tyson, who turned 17 on Monday, has been charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree murder and faces life in prison if he is convicted of the murders.

The trial started on Monday, but has been occupied with the system of jury selection, very different from the British legal system, since then.

Prosecuting and defence counsel are trying to select a jury of 12 people, plus two alternates, from an original pool of 145.

Opening statements from the prosecution and defence are expected to start today.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 22, 2012
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