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Indian court acquits suspects in death of British teenager

  • Fiona MacKeown, mother of Scarlett Keeling, leaves the court premises in Panaji, India, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. An Indian court has acquitted two suspects in the death of the 15-year-old British teenager Keeling whose body was found on a popular beach in western India in 2008. MacKeown said she was shocked by Friday's verdict and would challenge it in an appeals court. (AP Photo)

    Fiona MacKeown, mother of Scarlett Keeling, leaves the court premises in Panaji, India, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. An Indian court has acquitted two suspects in the death of the 15-year-old British teenager Keeling whose body was found on a popular beach in western India in 2008. MacKeown said she was shocked by Friday's verdict and would challenge it in an appeals court. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fiona MacKeown, mother of Scarlett Keeling, leaves the court premises along with her lawyer Vikram Verma, left, in Panaji, India, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. An Indian court has acquitted two suspects in the death of the 15-year-old British teenager Keeling whose body was found on a popular beach in western India in 2008. MacKeown said she was shocked by Friday's verdict and would challenge it in an appeals court. (AP Photo)

    Fiona MacKeown, mother of Scarlett Keeling, leaves the court premises along with her lawyer Vikram Verma, left, in Panaji, India, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. An Indian court has acquitted two suspects in the death of the 15-year-old British teenager Keeling whose body was found on a popular beach in western India in 2008. MacKeown said she was shocked by Friday's verdict and would challenge it in an appeals court. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fiona MacKeown, mother of Scarlett Keeling, leaves the court premises along with her lawyer Vikram Verma, left, in Panaji, India, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. An Indian court has acquitted two suspects in the death of the 15-year-old British teenager Keeling whose body was found on a popular beach in western India in 2008. MacKeown said she was shocked by Friday's verdict and would challenge it in an appeals court. (AP Photo)

    Fiona MacKeown, mother of Scarlett Keeling, leaves the court premises along with her lawyer Vikram Verma, left, in Panaji, India, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. An Indian court has acquitted two suspects in the death of the 15-year-old British teenager Keeling whose body was found on a popular beach in western India in 2008. MacKeown said she was shocked by Friday's verdict and would challenge it in an appeals court. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

An Indian court has acquitted two suspects in the death of a British teenager whose body was found on a popular beach in western India in 2008.

Fiona MacKeown, the mother of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling, said she was shocked by Friday's verdict and would challenge it in an appeals court. Keeling's bruised and partially clothed body was discovered on a Goa beach.

Police initially said Keeling drowned because she was drunk, but pressure from her family forced a second autopsy that indicated she was likely killed and may also have been raped.

Two men who were allegedly seen drinking at a bar with Keeling the night she died were arrested and tried on charges of culpable homicide and sexual assault.

Keeling's family comes from Bideford in southwest England.