Zwicker's father: Stepbrother of murdered teen charged in connection with death


Posted on June 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 23 at 6:54 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - WHAS11 News has learned that a juvenile has been charged in connection with the murder of 14-year-old Trey Zwicker.

A juvenile was arrested Thursday and charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Trey Zwicker's father, Terry Zwicker,  tells WHAS11 News that police told him that Trey Zwicker's stepbrother, Josh Young, was arrested in connection with the death.  Another source also confirms to WHAS11 that Young has been arrested.

Zwicker’s body was found behind Liberty High School last month.  According to the coroner, he died from multiple blunt force injuries and stab wounds from an unknown weapon.

Young was the subject of an Amber Alert last Thursday.

It happened after Young’s father, Joshua Gouker, didn’t show up for court in Indiana. He was believed to have taken Young against his will; however, authorities learned that Gouker and Young were involved in a kidnapping in Alabama, where they allegedly made a woman drive to a hotel at gunpoint.

Young faces a weapons charge in connection with the alleged Alabama kidnapping.  Gouker faces kidnapping charges in connection with that same incident.

WHAS11 discovered that Young’s mother died last spring and the teen has lived in several foster homes since then.  Gouker tried to get custody of Young during that time.

WHAS11 has also learned that Young often posted references to the Bloods street gang on his Facebook page. 

There were several entries referring to the gang in the days immediately after Zwicker’s death. 

Police have not disclosed a motive in the case and have not been able to confirm because of state law that prevents the disclosure of information involving minors. 

The Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office could choose to charge Young as an adult. 

No other suspects have been charged or named in the case.

Trey Zwicker's mother recently filed an emergency protective order against Gouker and in court documents she claimed Gouker was involved in her son's murder.


Young said he considered Zwicker a friend and was a pallbearer at the teen's funeral.