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Teen's family hopes for his release after father's confession

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Trey Zwicker (Source: Family Photo) Trey Zwicker (Source: Family Photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A confession is bringing hope to the foster parents of a teenager charged in connection to his stepbrother's murder.

On Friday, Josh Gouker pleaded guilty to the murder of his stepson, Trey Zwicker, 14. Zwicker's body was discovered in May 2011 behind Liberty High School.

Gouker's confession goes right along with what Joshua Young supporters have said all along, but Young is still charged with his step-brother's murder and his trial is set to start in July.

Young's foster parents, Chuck and Susan Stoneburner, have dealt with a lot of questions from friends and family, "Everybody wanted to hear, was he coming home?

Young still sits behind bars in juvenile custody facing the same serious charges.

The Stoneburners said they have been there for Young since he was first arrested in the summer of 2011 and have always believed he had nothing to do with the murder. They believed Gouker was just trying to use his then 15-year-old son to get away with the crime.

"He's innocent, but he has been held for two years now on testimony only from a convicted felon," said Chuck Stoneburner.

After court on Friday the couple met with Young for their weekly visitation.

"Joshua is not sure what to think. He doesn't get his hopes up. He doesn't trust and doesn't have any reason to trust the system. He is very confused today and trying very hard to hold it together, but it just continues to weaken him, I feel like," said Susan Stoneburner.

When asked what Young thought of his father Susan Stoneburner replied, "He doesn't have a lot to say in that area at all. He really doesn't."

The Stoneburners said they do not believe prosecutors have any evidence to link Young to Zwicker's murder and that they continue to believe he is innocent, "I have no reason to feel otherwise. There has been nothing shown to us and we were always prepared for that, nothing has come to light that would give us a reason to think anything else." 

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