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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A second person has been indicted for the gruesome murder of a teenage boy found dead behind a Louisville high school. Both suspects are related to the victim.
A grand jury indicted Joshua Gouker at the Judicial Center Thursday afternoon for murdering his stepson, 14-year-old Trey Zwicker. Gouker's son 16-year-old Joshua Young was re-indicted for the same murder.
Young is accused of beating Trey to death with a baseball bat. His body was found by a group of students behind Liberty High School in May of last year.
Gouker was also indicted for the torture of a dog or cat, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and being a persistent felony offender.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Jones Brown said in a statement, "...new information has recently come to light that indicates that Joshua Gouker had a role in planning the murder of Trey Zwicker. Additionally, Gouker was charged with two counts of animal torture based on statements made by Gouker and family members during interviews with police."
Gouker prompted an Amber Alert when he took Young to Alabama last June. Both were arrested on a firearms charge there.
Gouker had never been named a suspect in Trey's death until now. But a spokesman for Trey's father says Terry Zwicker has always felt Gouker had something to do with his son's death.
Community activist Christopher 2X says, "He truly believed it the whole time. He believed in the detectives, he believes in the prosecutors that's been appointed to the case. Even when the evidence wasn't clearly there, he was just hanging on to this and for him it is a tremendous relief."
The judge also issued a warrant for Gouker's arrest, but Gouker is currently in the Floyd County Jail on unrelated theft charges. Joshua Young remains in jail on a $100,000 full cash bond.