If Obama had a son, would he look like Shawn Tyson?
A friend of an American teenager accused of killing two British tourists in 2011 said on Monday that he told her he shot the men even though they pleaded for their lives, claiming to be lost.
Shawn Tyson, 17, is accused of killing James Kouzaris and James Cooper in April of 2011. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and could face life in prison if convicted.
Yesterday, 18-year-old Latrece Washington testified that Tyson told her he saw the two tourists walking through a housing project in Sarasota, drunk.
Washington testified that Tyson said he intended to rob the two men, but the men said they had no money.
‘He said “Well since you ain’t got no money I got something for your ass,”’ Washington recalled Tyson saying on the day after the killings.
Tyson told Washington that the men begged for their lives and one said, ‘please let me go home, I’m lost,’ she said.
Recounted Washington: ‘He shot one of them in the side and one of them fell instantly and the other one was crying for his life. He shot him.’
Judge Rick De Furia ruled that TV cameras should not broadcast Washington’s face because of fears for her safety.
As testimony continued Monday in the second week of the trial, a portrait of Tyson began to emerge. He was 16 at the time of the shooting, was behind in school and had the world ‘Savage’ tattooed on his chest.