Jury selection begins for Joshua Young trial - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Jury selection begins for Joshua Young trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The trial for the son of a man, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his stepson, is expected to begin Monday.

Jury selection in the case began Monday, the judge did dismiss several potential jurors, but there were more than a hundred people waiting to see if they will become jurors.

17-year-old Joshua Young was charged in the murder of Trey Zwicker alongside his father, Joshua Gouker. 

Young has spent the last two years at the Juvenile Detention Center on charges he killed his stepbrother, Trey Zwicker. He's charged with complicity to murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Gouker was sentenced to life in prison last week for the murder of Terrence "Trey" Zwicker. The body of Zwicker was found outside Liberty High School in May 2011. Officials say the body had been beaten to death.

Both Zwicker's mother and stepmother were in court Friday, and made tearful pleas to Judge Barry Willet to sentence Gouker to the maximum penalty.

"He doesn't deserve pity, he doesn't deserve mercy," said Zwicker's mother, Amanda McFarland. "Judge, I beg you: sentence him to the most severe sentence possible. He has nothing to contribute to society. He leaves nothing but a path of destruction."

Willet had harsh words for Gouker as he gave him a life sentence.

"And it just amazes me that you sit there with a smirk on your face, and you smile through the whole process, knowing the pain that you've caused these people," Willet said. "I hope I never set eyes on you again."

Gouker could be eligible for parole in 20 years.

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