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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jury selection has ended for the day in the trial of a teenager accused of killing his stepbrother, even after his father was sentenced to life last week for the crime.
Attorneys and the judge are attempting to seat the jury to decide the fate of Joshua Young.
The 17-year-old has spent the past two years in the Juvenile Detention Center after being accused of killing his stepbrother, Trey Zwicker, in May of 2011. Though he was 15 at the time of the crime, Young is being tried as an adult.
His father, Josh Gouker, admitted to beating the teen to death with a metal pipe after he "snapped." Gouker originally said his son, Joshua Young, killed Zwicker with a baseball bat. Family members say they believed Gouker was trying to cover up for his son.
Tuesday, a motion was denied to suppress evidence about Young being read his Miranda rights during interviews with police. Prosecutor Elizabeth Jones-Brown questioned the opinions of jurors on witness testimony: "But is there anybody who without having not heard the testimony from a person would just refuse to listen to a felon?"
Potential jurors were also questioned on whether the penalty would weigh-in on their ability to deliberate.
The judge dismissed the jurors early on Tuesday because of some issues to be discussed with attorneys outside of the jurors' presence. Jury selection will continue Wednesday, with opening statements expected sometime after that.