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Josh Young to appear on Dr. Phil

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Josh Young, the teen who last year was found not guilty of killing his 14-year-old stepbrother, is taping an upcoming appearance on Dr. Phil.

With his cousin and girlfriend by his side, Young boarded a flight at Louisville International Airport early Thursday.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "You can't pass it up."

The episode is expected to be taped in front of a studio audience on Tuesday.

"I'm not guilty -- that's why I was acquitted," Young said. "I wasn't acquitted because I did it and got away. I was acquitted because I didn't do it."

In August of last year, a jury found Young not guilty of murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the death of his 14-year-old stepbrother, Trey Zwicker. Zwicker's battered body was found behind Liberty High School in May 2011.

Young's father, Joshua Gouker, confessed to killing Zwicker and is serving a life sentence.

WDRB's Rachel Collier asked Young, "Do you think about Trey?"

"I don't even think about it at all," Young replied. "I moved on with my life. Everybody should try to."

"He was your stepbrother," Collier said. "Do you miss him?"

"I've just moved on with my life," Young said. "I don't think about it."

Doctor Phil, a psychologist, is known for asking tough questions, offering lie detector tests and paying for rehabilitation or counseling.

"I already told him I wasn't interested in treatment," Young said.

A month after his acquittal, his foster parents filed a missing person's report when he didn't show up from school. He was on the run from police, but video chatted only with WDRB.

Young, who recently turned 18 years old, had been living in a group home, but says he was released early on Christmas Eve for good behavior and now lives in an apartment with his girlfriend.

He plans to start classes at JCTC in August, and hopes to do social work someday, working with kids and families.

Young says he's ready for Dr. Phil to ask him a lot of questions.

"Even if I don't get nothing out of it, at least, you know...get away from here for a while," he said. "But I think it will be a good experience."

Young has already asked a judge to expunge his record of the charges against him concerning his stepbrother's murder.

The Jefferson Commonwealth's Attorney's office asked Willett to deny the request and allow Young's case to remain public.

"It's a matter of public interest and it should remain out there because it was such a high profile case," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth Jones Brown in an interview. "We think the public has a right" to have access to the records.

In her response in court records, Jones Brown said that if Willett does decide to expunge Young's case, she asked that the commonwealth be allowed to maintain the records in the office's files, which would not be available to the public.

Producers of the show say no air date has been set.

You can watch Dr. Phil at 3 p.m. on weekdays right here on WDRB.


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