LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - Shackled in Jefferson County District Court, Joushua Gouker faced a judge, again.
Metro police claim the Madison County Alabama Detention Facility accidentally released him. LMPD arrested Gouker on fugitive warrant October 6.
A judge decided to hold off on Gouker's case until October 17.
WAVE 3 tracked down Madison County Chief Steve Morrison from the Alabama jail. Morrison defends his decision to release Gouker.
"Nothing went wrong on our end," Morrison said. "We checked the National Crime Information Computer system and contacted Jefferson and Floyd Counties. The teletype said he wouldn't be extradited so we let him get out."
Gouker's son is charged in the murder of 14-year-old Trey Zwicker. Zwicker was Gouker's step-son.
Police never named Gouker a suspect, but a victim's protection order called him a person of interest in the murder.
Gouker fled to Alabama with his son Joshua Young - who's charged with the crime. that prompted an amber alert.
"We held him, then when he bonded out and had time served for weapons charges the distrcict court also dismissed kidnapping," Morrison said.
Morrison stands by his decision to release Gouker.
"Before he was released we sent out another teletype nothing else popped up. They would not extradite. That cleared the way for him to be released."
Gouker is being held in the Jefferson County Jail.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:35 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:35:01 GMT
SAND CREEK TOWNSHIP, IN (WAVE) – A 12-year-old Jennings County boy was accidentally shot in the head by his 16-year-old brother late Monday night while handling firearms in their home, according to theMore >>
Investigators said the 16-year-old had been handling a .22 caliber rifle when it discharged while the rest of the family was asleep.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:56 GMT
SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A teenage girl found dead in a Shelby County creek Monday morning has been identified.Deputy coroner Jeff Ivers said Jackleen Lane, 15, of Bagdad, KY drowned. She was last seenMore >>
How Jackleen Lane, 15, ended up in the creek has not been determined.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:15 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:15:10 GMT
SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 15-year-old found dead in a Shelbyville creek Monday morning drowned, according to Deputy Coroner Jack Ivers. The family of Jackleen Lane said she told them she was goingMore >>
The family of Jackleen Lane said she told them she was going to the Shelby County Fair on Saturday, but never called or came home.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:23:04 GMT
Police discover a meth lab at a house in the Jacobsville area of Evansville. Officers were called to the scene at 302 East Tennessee around 11:00 Monday night. That's after receiving complaints of an odorMore >>
Officers were called to the scene at 302 East Tennessee around 11:00 Monday night.More >>