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Update From HLN NEWS for Wednesday:  The prosecutor began her opening statement in the Josh Young trial Wednesday in a Louisville, Kentucky, courtroom by detailing the gruesome injuries 14-year-old Trey Zwicker suffered as he was being beaten to death.

“Zwicker was afraid of the dark, and it was in a dark ditch where he was brutally murdered by Josh Gouker and Josh Young. Where he was found face down covered in blood. Where he was found with his face smashed in and teeth chipped. Where he was found with his skull bashed open,” said prosecutor Erin White. “His head and neck being struck multiple times, maybe with a bat, maybe with a metal pipe.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, on the night of May 10, 2011, crossing into the very early morning of May 11, 2011, Josh Young — along with his father Josh Gouker — murdered Trey Zwicker and then he got rid of the evidence. That is why he is charged with complicity to murder and tampering with evidence,” White said.

And so it went Wednesday morning in the trial of Young, a 17-year-old who is being tried as an adult in a case that has gained national attention. Young kept his head down during most of the morning’s proceedings, whispering intermittently to his attorney.

Five days earlier, his father, Gouker, was sentenced to life in prison for Zwicker’s murder. White told the jurors that Gouker will testify during the trial, but she is unsure what he will say. She reminded the jurors that the trial at hand is for Young, not Gouker. During the initial stages of the investigation, Gouker accused Young of killing Zwicker, but he eventually changed his tune.

After issuing his guilty plea on May 10, Gouker told the court he became enraged after his stepson, Zwicker, stole some food and a lighter from him. He said he hit Zwicker with a pipe.

“I just snapped. I hit him. He went down,” Gouker testifed. “Before I knew it, it was over.”

Gouker said he had only meant to teach the boy a lesson.

“[Gouker] either threw [Young] under the bus to deflect the attention from him or he took him under his wing and taught him how to commit murder. Ladies and gentlemen, we believe the evidence supports the later,” White said as she finished her opening statement Wednesday.

Defense attorney Peter Schuler painted a different picture of Young during his opening statement Wednesday. Schuler blamed Zwicker’s death solely on Gouker , and went as far as calling Young an “innocent victim,” and the “fall guy.”

Schuler said Gouker tried to frame his son for Zwicker’s murder and implored the jurors to look closely at the evidence and find his client not guilty.

“Do not convict him for something his father did,” said Schuler. “I think this is all planned. Everything is planned by Gouker. Everything. Down to the last detail.”

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  1. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    “Attorneys for Joshua Young finished their case on Thursday without calling the teen to defend himself in the May 2011 murder of his 14-year-old stepbrother, Trey Zwicker.

    Jurors will hear closing arguments and begin deliberations Friday and Judge Barry Willett told them to bring a bag of clothing and other necessities in case they don’t reach a decision Friday night, as they would be sequestered in a hotel and resume on Saturday.

    The defense, which had called some witnesses, including a former medical examiner, earlier in the trial, took only about 45 minutes to finish their case. Defense witnesses said Young seemed close with Trey and was visibly upset at his funeral.”

  2. shirleyfaye

    Too bad Big Josh couldn’t have gotten the DP. What a useless piece of garbage.
    I also do think the boy was involved. I wish something could be done about the judge who gave custody to Big J. At least the kid would have had a chance in life.

  3. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Evening Express
    #joshuayoung defense wrapped very quickly, closing arguments are tomorrow, jury will get case tomr. Afternoon.

  4. Carol

    It’s worrisome that there are so many lies from so many people. Also the foster family paints such a different picture of Joshua Young. If he was a wild bad seed I doubt he could just turn that off and become a model child and straight A student while in their home. Foster dad also states he would take JY back into his home in a heartbeat. That says a lot to me.
    Some of the forensics and witness statements don’t jive.
    Another thing is it seems JY didn’t receive counseling after finding his mother deceased. Even though he was 13 when he found her she was the only parent he had because dad was in jail. I’m sure some of his acting out could be associated to that trauma. Lastly the whole bunch seemed to be pretty messed up and none of the aldults I’ve seen should be parents. IMHO

  5. laura

    I would not take my eyes off this kid, “damien” personality, he will grow up to have dad’s influence, wait and see. feel sorry for the girlfriend, and very sorry for the folks that adopted him, whatever they do – do not buy him a puppy!

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