Months after acquittal, Josh Young to appear on 'Dr. Phil Show'


by Renee Murphy

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 11:33 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Josh Young said he is ready to share his story on the national stage.  The Louisville teen acquitted in the murder of his stepbrother is heading to California to make an appearance on the Dr. Phil show.

WHAS11 caught up with Young at Louisville International Airport before his flight Thursday.

Young said  he is moving on with his life and the community should do the same. He maintains his story that he did not kill his 14-year-old stepbrother, Trey Zwicker.

Young’s father is serving time for the crime. Young gave this response when asked if he missed Trey:

“I ain’t gonna answer that,” Young said.

Young arrived at the airport with his girlfriend and cousin.

Young said he is ready to go on Dr. Phil and tell his story, but also said he is not going to get any "help" from the show host. Young said it will be a good experience and it will get him out of town for a while.

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

This is Young's first television interview since his August acquittal in the murder of Zwicker.
Young's father, Josh Gouker, pleaded guilty to the beating death and is serving a life sentence.

When asked if he has spoken to his father, Young said, “no, not at all.”

“I don't know. I have mixed feelings about that half of me does, half of me doesn't,” he said.

Young said he is now looking for his own apartment and is working as a receptionist.  He said he wants to go to Jefferson Community and Technical College in August, but he is currently not in school.

“I've been at a group home, but I got released for good behavior Christmas Eve,” Young said. 

He said he has moved on from his time in jail and the acquittal.

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