LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Newly released documents give an inside look at the conversations between police and suspects in the murder of a 14-year-old whose body was found behind Liberty High School in 2011. Trey Zwicker’s stepfather and stepbrother are both facing murder charges in his death. Transcripts of their interviews with police over the past year show just how often they changed their stories.
Multiple interviews, 159 pages worth, between police and Joshua Gouker and his son Joshua Young have been made public. Their contents reveal a tangled web of mismatched accounts and deception.
In a transcript from an interview with detectives on June 21, 2011, Joshua Young adamantly denies having anything to do with the murder of his 14-year-old stepbrother. But, that seems to be the only part of his story that stays consistent in those weeks right after Trey’s death. He goes back and forth about where he was the night of the murder, telling one detective he was at a family friend’s house, and another that he was home.
As the conversation shifts to Young’s relationship with his father, he said, “I love my dad more than anybody in this world. And I’d rather be with him than anybody in this world. My life is much better with my dad.”
In the end, he tells the detective he had nothing to do with the murder and that his father, Joshua Gouker had nothing to do with it, even saying that detectives were harassing the family.
In his interview, Gouker walks detectives through the day before the murder, describing a family cookout and spending hours drinking with Trey’s mother Amanda. He claims they went to bed and didn’t know Trey was missing until he didn’t come home from school the next day.
He says Trey was his buddy and that he never laid a hand on him. As far as his son, Joshua Young’s relationship with Trey, he says there was never any jealousy, that the two were partners.
Over time, Gouker’s story has changed multiple times. Since that early interview, he has shifted to blaming his son for the murder, claiming his son was driven by jealousy. Most recently, Gouker claimed he killed Trey alone, that his son had nothing to do with the murder.
Young and Gouker are both in Jail awaiting trial. Recently, a judge denied a bond reduction for Young. The pair are expected back in court in December.