Prosecution wraps case, Young's defense to present Thursday

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 6:28 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Just before noon, the prosecution wrapped up their case in the Josh Young complicity to murder trial. 

Young is accused of helping his father, Josh Gouker, kill his 14-year-old stepbrother Trey Zwicker and tampering with physical evidence of the crime. Last month Gouker pleaded guilty to the May 2011 crime and said he acted alone.  Wednesday the lead detective on the case, Scott Russ of LMPD, finished the second day of his testimony, and the Commonwealth rested their case.

The jury was dismissed for the day while attorneys and the judge discussed what’s expected for the remainder of the trial. 

Young attorneys moved for a directed verdict, asking the judge to bypass the jury and declare their client not guilty.  They say the Commonwealth’s own witnesses show the defendant’s father as a “criminal mastermind” who used  “maniacal manipulation” to make it appear his son was involved in the crime. 

The judge denied the motion.  The defense will present their case beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. and they are expected to finish by Friday.  

The jury is expected to begin deliberating then, and attorneys have asked they stay Saturday if they don’t reach a verdict Friday.

 

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