Defense rests after only 30 minutes in Joshua Young trial
A jury won't hear from Joshua Young as his murder trial comes to an end.
Trey Zwicker was 14 years old when he was beaten to death. His body was found behind Liberty High School in May of 2011. His stepfather was convicted in his death, and his stepbrother is accused of taking part in the crime.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:54:16 GMT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A jury won't hear from Joshua Young as his murder trial wraps up.
It took the prosecution about a week to present its case, but Thursday, the defense rested after no more than 30 minutes. It was a short day in court as defense attorneys made a final push to prove Joshua Young had a friendly relationship with his stepbrother, 14-year-old Terrence "Trey" Zwicker, and that Josh was grieving after his stepbrother was killed.
The defense called four witnesses during Thursday's proceedings, but testimony was short from each one.
"He was teary eyed, at times he cried, and then [he was] teary eyed again." With only a handful of questions, the defense asked Joshua Young's aunt, Cynthia Gunter, to describe Young's behavior at Zwicker's funeral. "He was very sad, and held his head low."
Also on the stand--the social worker who every month visited the home shared by Zwicker and Young. Although she admitted the interactions she witnessed between the brothers lasted no longer than a minute, she said she noticed no hostility. "When I showed up at the home, they were sitting on the couch playing video games, very relaxed, kind of joking with each other," said Allison Miller formerly of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
On Wednesday the defense requested a directed verdict, citing a lack of evidence to move forward in the trial, but Judge Barry Willett denied that motion.
After the jury left the room on Thursday, Defense attorney, Peter Schuler, again expressed his concern with the lack of substantial evidence. The judge called the attorneys and defendant back at 3 p.m. to lay out final jury instructions, and address the concerns.
Closing arguments will begin Friday at 9 a.m. The jury could deliberate as early as tomorrow. The judge did tell the jury to pack a suitcase. In case of a sequester, they will stay in a hotel and return the following day.