Gouker says he is competent to stand trial, court to decide

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 1:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A judge has to decide whether Josh Gouker is competent to stand a murder trial in April next year. Gouker says that he is competent and that he understands the procedure of a competency hearing.

Joshua Gouker agreed that the court could decide whether he was competent to stand trial based on his mental evaluation report from the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange.

His son, Josh Young sat next to him silently in handcuffs.

They are accused of beating Trey Zwicker, 14, to death with a baseball bat in May of last year. Zwicker is Gouker's stepson and Young's stepbrother.

The teen's body was found behind Liberty High School. Family members from both sides were visibly upset but did not speak on camera. Young's attorney asked that the judge release the report to them.

"With the media here the psychologist could be asked to read her report. It's not in a closed proceeding I think it should be shared with us and shouldn't be sealed in the court file," Josh Young's attorney, Pete Schuler said.

They will have another hearing January 18. The judge should decide by then if Gouker is competent to stand trial for murder.
 

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