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Attorney compares Joshua Gouker to Mel Ignatow

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- In just over two weeks, a stepbrother will go on trial for the murder of Trey Zwicker.

The defense is worried about media attention. Thursday morning, both sides were back in court to get ready for Joshua Young's trial. They think just about everyone has heard of the case, but they're hoping to find an impartial jury. They may question 100 people.

Students at Liberty High School on East Indian Trail found Trey Zwicker's body outside the school in May of 2011.  He had been beaten with a baseball bat.

Young, along with his dad Joshua Gouker, are charged with the beating death. But Gouker says he acted alone. He said he just wanted to scare Zwicker, and teach him a lesson for stealing his cigarette lighter. But Gouker says he lost control and beat his stepson to death with a metal pipe.

Gouker's sentencing is scheduled for the Friday before Young's trial. The prosecution says they may call Gouker to the stand but both sides want copies of Gouker's competency reports.

Peter Schuler, a public defender and Young's attorney, says, "I have a really good idea based on the people I talked to about his psychological profile what it says. It's really important that I know so I can cross-examine him about his grandiosity, his narcissism, his sociopathic tendencies. There is really nobody else like him other than maybe Mel Ignatow. I would put them in the same category, so I really need the information so I can cross examine him."

The judge has denied requests by Young's attorneys to release the now 17-year-old from custody.  Jury selection for Young's trial will start on July 29th.

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