SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) A 16-year-old boy is accused of killing two British tourists in a high-crime neighborhood of a Florida city better known for its white beaches and waterfront condominiums.
Twenty-five-year-old James M. Cooper and 24-year-old James Thomas Kouzaris were found shot to death around 3 a.m. Saturday.
The boy has not identified because he is a juvenile. Prosecutors have until May 8 to decide if he will be charged as an adult.
The slayings occurred near a public-housing complex of low-slung cinder-block apartment buildings north of downtown Sarasota.
Investigators were trying to determine why the men were in the neighborhood, which doesn't have any of the usual tourist attractions and is a few miles away from Longboat Key, the oceanfront island where they were staying.
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