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Attorneys for teen accused of killing stepbrother ask judge to drop case

Joshua Young is charged with the murder of Trey Zwicker, whose body was found in the woods behind Liberty High School last May.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The teenager accused of beating his stepbrother to death with a baseball bat last May was back in a Jefferson County courtroom.

Joshua Young is charged with the murder of Trey Zwicker, whose body was found in the woods behind Liberty High School.

Young's attorneys asked for two things in court Friday. They requested the case against him to be dropped because they say it was improperly moved to adult court, and they also asked for Young to be moved from the Jefferson County Youth Detention Center, where he's been held since the fall.

Young, who is 15 years old, allegedly killed his stepbrother Zwicker because he was afraid Zwicker was going to tell on him for vandalizing homes in their neighborhood.

The main witness against Young is his own father, Josh Gouker.

Gouker turned his son in to Louisville homicide detectives after the two were arrested in Alabama on unrelated charges three weeks after Zwicker's murder.

Young's attorneys said at least two procedures weren't properly followed by the juvenile court judge who originally handled the case and they said they want Young placed with his former foster family.

Defense attorneys said he needs to be moved to get a better education and more counseling, but Zwicker's father doesn't buy that.

'Bottom line for me is my child is in a box in the ground. No rights, no video games, no access to education. No access to nothing. I could care less about what that argument's about,' Terry Zwicker, Trey's father, said.

The judge didn't rule on either motion.