Woman blames her own son in death of 14-year-old Trey Zwicker - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Woman blames her own son in death of 14-year-old Trey Zwicker

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Ruby Jessie, Young's grandmother Ruby Jessie, Young's grandmother

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A woman says her grandson wasn't the person who killed 14-year-old Trey Zwicker -- it was her son.

15-year-old Joshua Young is charged in the death of Zwicker, who was his stepbrother.

But Young's grandmother, Ruby Jessie, says it's not his fault.  She blames Young's father, Joshua Gouker -- her own son.  "I don't know if he involved little Josh with it or did it on his own," Jessie said Monday, "but he knows the whole truth in what happened that night, and for him to leave his son hanging, to me, that's really sad."

Wearing handcuffs in court Monday morning, Joshua Young pleaded not guilty to murdering Trey Zwicker.  Young will be tried as an adult.

Detectives say after killing Trey, Young disposed of the murder weapon and his clothing.  Zwicker's body was found behind Liberty High School in May.

Joshua Young is the only person who has been charged in Trey Zwicker's murder, but Trey's family believes Gouker was involved.

Now even Gouker's own mother agrees:  "Big Josh told me at first he did it, and that's who they need to be looking at....I hope Little Josh never gets to see him again.  As far as that goes, I don't want to see him again."  She even went as far as calling her son a "monster."

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth Jones Brown says, "We are aware of what she said, the police have thoroughly investigated this case. As in every case, they will investigate leads that come in."

She wouldn't answer questions of whether Gouker could be charged. Brown says, "We'll be filing discovery in the weeks to come. What information about what led up to the arrest will be in discovery."

Gouker is serving a one-year sentence in eastern Kentucky on an unrelated charge.  Prosecutors say they are aware that Ruby Jessie thinks her son is involved, and say police will continue investigating.

Public Defender Pete Schuler says, "I know that Josh would like his friends and community to know he did not cause Trey's death."

Joshua Young is now at a youth facility on a $100,000 full cash bond.  Because Young is under 18, he cannot face the death penalty.  If he is convicted, the harshest sentence he can get is life in prison.

He'll be in court in January, when the trial date will be set.

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