Murder of 14-year-old Louisville boy gets national attention
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A national television show is delving into a high-profile Louisville murder.
On Wednesday, the murder of 14-year-old Trey Zwicker seven years ago was profiled on the show "What Lies Beneath" on the Discovery Channel.
"Different reporters, different media organizations has contacted me, people writing books," said Terry Zwicker, Trey's father.
Zwicker said his family's tragic loss has been shared and felt by people everywhere.
"The world has interest in Trey's case," he said.
In May of 2011, Trey's body was found near Liberty High School on East Indian Trail. Zwicker rushed to the scene, where he eventually identified his son's body.
From that day on, the pain has never gone away. But recently, Zwicker has relived and replayed that day a lot.
The hour-long Discovery Channel program included reenactments, courtroom footage and interviews with Zwicker and LMPD detectives.
"It didn't take me two seconds to obviously realize what they had down in that ditch," Zwicker says during the documentary. "It was my child."
After the murder, Trey's stepfather, Josh Gouker and stepbrother, Josh Young, were arrested and charged. Gouker was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, but Young was acquitted.
"I said, well, you know, a mistake was made, and there's going to be a simple way to figure it all out, because I assure you, he's going to be in trouble again," Zwicker said.
And he was right. Since his acquittal, Young has been in and out of jail several times. In fact, right now, Young is in custody on federal weapons charges at the Grayson County Detention Center.
Gouker is serving his time at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex in Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Despite the life sentence, Gouker is eligible for parole on in 2031.
As for Zwicker, he's still dealing with a lot of pain related to his son's death.
"It hit me like a mack truck," he said.
But despite the pain, Zwicker said sharing his son with the world provides some much needed therapy.
"The ability to talk and get it out into the open is definitely therapeutic," he said. "The way I see it is I've not only picked him up out of that ditch, (but) I've taken him around the world."
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