Scene behind Liberty High School after Trey Zwicker's body was found
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The courts have cleared the way for a 15-year-old charged with his stepbrother's murder to possibly be tried as an adult.
Since June, Joshua Young has been at the Jefferson County Youth Corrections center, but he may soon have his time in an adult courtroom. That's exactly the news Trey Zwicker's family says they were hoping to hear.
"I miss his smile," said Trey's stepmother Teri Zwicker. "He was a good big brother. I just miss him."
It's been five months since 14-year-old Trey Zwicker was found dead in a ditch behind Liberty High School.
Even though some time has passed, it doesn't get any easier for his stepmother. "One day you just hope that he comes walking through the door, but you know he's not," said Zwicker. "He's really gone and you can't bring him back."
But Zwicker says a little hope came Wednesday morning when a judge ruled to move this case to Circuit Court.
"You choose to make a decision that no one should ever do, but you want to do something that bad, you should be tried as an adult," said Zwicker.
Zwicker was in court during the ruling in the same room with 15-year-old Joshua Young, Trey's stepbrother, and the boy police say beat Trey to death.
"It's anger, sadness, that you are sitting there staring at the person who did this to Trey and you never get to see Trey again," said Zwicker.
While Zwicker says justice may be a long way off, she hopes Young gets the time she says he deserves. "I would like for him to have to spend the rest of his life in jail," said Zwicker. "He gave us a sentence when he took Trey that we will have to carry with us for the rest of ours, so he should spend the rest of his."
Young was arrested in June outside Birmingham, Alabama following an unrelated arrest with his father, Joshua Gouker. Gouker remains at Louisville Metro Corrections after he was mistakenly released from jail in Alabama.
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