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The tourists’ bodies were found shirtless on the street and their baggy pants were pulled down to their thighs. Both men still had their wallets and did in fact have money; Cooper also had a cellphone and camera in his pants pocket. Authorities later found that Kouzaris‘ blood alcohol level was 0.243 and Cooper’s was 0.214 — well past Florida’s legal limit for intoxication when driving, which is 0.08.

During closing arguments, Assistant State Attorney Ed Brodsky told the jury that the case was about “opportunities.”

“For James Cooper and James Kouzaris, they had seized an opportunity to travel abroad,” Brodsky said. “Shawn Tyson seized upon an opportunity to rob and kill two men.”

Tyson was portrayed as an angry teen, one who had the word “Savage” tattooed on his chest and who loved a movie about Jamaican gangs so much that he quoted it when talking to his friends about the murders.

In the end, Tyson was his own undoing. Several prosecution witnesses said Tyson told friends about the shootings in the hours after the killings, then asked friends to hide the murder weapon and bury bullets. A DNA expert said Tyson’s skin cells were found on Cooper’s jeans.

Tyson maintained to police that he was at home during the murders. But witnesses spotted him crawling into his window shortly after hearing gunshots.

Tyson did not testify. His attorneys called only one witness, a crime scene technician, and questioned him briefly. Defense attorneys also tried to discredit the witnesses by saying many of them had criminal records and cooperated with detectives to avoid jail time.

After the jury rendered its verdict, prosecutors played two videos from the parents of Cooper and Kouzaris. The videos depicted both men from birth, showing everything from happy baby photos to school pictures to sports teams. The final photo was of the two men laughing for the camera on a white sand beach.

“They will haunt your thoughts forever,” Hallett told Tyson in the courtroom. “Every night you go to sleep, every morning you wake up, I want you to think of my friends who were murdered.”