How did Joshua Gouker walk out of jail? - WDRB 41 Louisville News

How did Joshua Gouker walk out of jail?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A Louisville man with ties to his stepson's murder walks out of an Alabama jail even though there were warrants out for his arrest. Joshua Gouker is a convicted felon with ties to gang activity. Louisville Metro Police have a huge interest in Gouker's whereabouts. His son, 14-year-old-son Joshua Young, is charged in the murder of his step-brother Trey Zwicker.

Click here to read previous story about Zwicker's murder.

Authorities never named Gouker a suspect, but a victim's protection order from his wife called him a person of interest in the case.

Gouker and Young were arrested in Alabama in June after an Amber Alert went out for the teenager.

Click here to read story about the Amber Alert.

Young came back to Louisville to face his charges in family court while his dad stayed in Alabama on felony kidnapping and illegal gun possession charges. Prosecutor Bob Becher says he couldn't make the kidnapping charge stick. "The victim and the defendant had known each other, had a prior relationship, and there were just a lot of things in the case," says Becher. "(It) didn't seem like we would have enough evidence to go forward."

So, Gouker ended up doing time served on the gun charge. "Once he finished serving that, he was supposed to be shipped to Kentucky for pending things there," says Becher.

But that never happened. Kentucky Probation and Parole blames Alabama authorities in Madison County. Probation and Parole provided WDRB a timeline. June 20th: Officer Madeya with Probation and Parole calls a detective and advises him of Gouker's warrants and that Kentucky wants to extradite him. Then last week, Madeya receives word Gouker is being released to Floyd County -- a surprise to Indiana officials who say he's not in their custody. The next day, Alabama authorities changed their story, saying Gouker was released to the street.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Louisville has reason to believe Gouker is back in the city and it is currently looking for him. No one at the Alabama jail answered WDRB's phone call.

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