Teen ‘admitted’ student killings to a pal

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A TEENAGER accused of killing two former University of Sheffield students in the USA told a friend just hours after the shootings he ‘did that’, a court heard.

Shawn Tyson, aged 17, is accused of killing James Kouzaris, 24, and James Cooper, 25, who were shot dead after they drunkenly walked into a housing estate known as The Courts in Sarasota, Florida, in the early hours last April.

They were found shirtless with their trousers round their thighs, but still had their wallets and a small amount of money on them.

Tyson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

Pal Marvin Gaines, 19, told a US court he buried shell casings and a gun in his back yard for Tyson, who confessed to him he carried out the killings.

“He pulled me to the side. He asked me did I hear what happened? I told him no,” said Mr Gaines.

He said Tyson asked him: “You didn’t hear about them people getting killed back there?” Tyson, then 16, said: “I did that.”

Mr Gaines said Tyson gave him shell casings that were hidden in a suitcase.

“He gave them to me and told me to bury them,” he told the court. “I asked him, ‘You want me to bury them or throw them away?’ He told me to bury them.”

Mr Gaines said he buried the seven shell casings in his back yard.

“I was just trying to help him out because he made a big mistake. He shouldn’t have did it.”

Mr Gaines told the court that later the same day Tyson called him and told him he had hidden a gun under his house.

Mr Gaines found the gun, which he said he had seen Tyson carrying ‘once or twice’ before he found it hidden under his house.

The case continues.