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Gruesome details of teen's murder detailed in trial

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Josh Young appeared in court on Wednesday. Josh Young appeared in court on Wednesday.
Josh Gouker during his plea hearing on May 10, 2013. Josh Gouker during his plea hearing on May 10, 2013.
Trey Zwicker Trey Zwicker
Fourteen men and women heard from the first witnesses in the murder trial of Josh Young Wednesday morning. Fourteen men and women heard from the first witnesses in the murder trial of Josh Young Wednesday morning.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The trial is underway for a 17-year-old charged in the beating death of his step-brother.

Fourteen men and women heard from the first witnesses in the murder trial of Josh Young Wednesday morning.

On May 11, 2011 a class walking around Liberty High School's campus found the body of Trey Zwicker, 14, in a ditch behind the school. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Erin White told jurors "you're going to hear about the wounds Trey suffered, you're going to hear about the damage that was done to his skull and to his face and to his teeth and because he had been left outside you'll hear about the fly and fly eggs that were already in his body."

Prosecutors said Zwicker's step-father Josh Gouker and his stepbrother Josh Young, who was 15 at the time, lured him into that dark ditch yards from his house and beat him. "We don't know what the instrument of Trey's death was because that defendant woke up his cousin in the middle of the night after he and his father committed the murder and asked her to help him get rid of a bloody bat and clothes and she did," explained White.

While the state says both Josh Young and his father Josh Gouker should pay for Zwicker's death, Young's attorney puts it all on Gouker.

"He was a fall guy. He was set up by his father to take the fall for this crime for something that his father did do. Joshua is not guilty of murder. He is not guilty because he didn't do it. He wasn't there when it happened. He's not guilty with tampering with physical evidence because the story you're going to hear is outrageous ludicrous beyond belief," explained defense attorney Pete Schuler.

The state says they will call Gouker to the stand but warned jurors there's no guarantee what he'll say because his story changed so many times since Zwicker's death. The defense referred to several witness as a cast of characters who also are hard to believe.

The teacher whose student found Zwicker's body along with several detectives and Terry Zwicker, Trey's father also took the stand in the first day of testimony.

Young faces life in prison if convicted. The trial will likely last two weeks.

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