Jurors reach verdict in Young murder trial - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Jurors reach verdict in Young murder trial


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After more than eight hours of deliberations, a jury has found Joshua Young not guilty of murder in the death of his 14-year-old stepbrother, Trey Zwicker.

The jury also acquitted Young of tampering with physical evidence.

Zwicker's battered body was found behind Liberty High School in May 2011. He had been beaten to death.

Young's father, Joshua Gouker, confessed to killing Zwicker, saying he acted alone when he killed his stepson. Gouker was convicted of murder and tampering with physical evidence in late July. He is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 20 years.

Gouker was called to testify during Young's week-long trial, much of the focus centered on whether or not Gouker tried to intimidate witnesses or lied during his trial to protect his son.

Gouker frequently cursed and smirked during his testimony, once calling himself a liar, but later saying that he only lied up until the point when he was arraigned and confessed to the crime. 

Gouker originally told police that his son, Joshua Young, killed Zwicker with a baseball bat. He later told police that Young played no part in the crime. 

When asked why he killed Zwicker, Gouker said Trey's mother, Amanda McFarland, "killed a couple of mine and it just felt right." 

Other witnesses testified that both Gouker and Young admitted that Young was the killer during a road trip.

One witness, Cassie Gouker, testified that she drove Young to a remote location where he disposed of the murder weapon.

Young was 15 when he was charged with Zwicker's murder, but he was tried as an adult.

Young's foster family was granted temporary custody. Young will turn 18 in January.

According to Trey Zwicker's dad Terry, there was a plea deal on the table the night before the verdict came down. Zwicker says he denied it because after two years, he wanted it to be over. He said he had faith in the justice system but feels he has to settle for nothing now.

He says he's devastated but wishes Young well.


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