If you’re an avid court watcher, then you are probably watching the Joshua Young trial. It’s no Jodi Arias trial but there is certainly no shortage of drama.
Josh Gouker, Joshua Young’s father, took the stand yesterday after both the defense and prosecuting attorney’s called him a “monster” and a “liar” in the past. He swore a lot and held nothing back on the stand. He confessed to killing 14-year old Terrance “Trey” Zwicker. He also admitted to killing a puppy and a cat in the past.
Josh Gouker felt justified in killing Trey since Trey’s mother Amanda McFarland had “killed several of mine” and because “it just felt right.”
Josh Gouker said that he lied when he told police that Joshua Young beat Trey to death with a baseball bat. He later said that Young did not participate in the crime.
Josh Gouker’s first cousin Cassie testified that Joshua Young woke her up to help him get rid of evidence. She also said that he brought her a bloody bag of clothes and a baseball bat stained with blood. She then said she drove Joshua Young to an isolated area where he disposed of the alleged murder weapon.
Cassie’s boyfriend John Robertson also testified. He said that Joshua Young told him that he killed Trey with a wooden baseball bat. John Robertson had originally told police that Joshua Young did not kill Trey but “wants the truth to come out.” He also lied to the police because he was frightened of Josh Gouker.
Several others testified including Dr. Amy Beckman, medical examiner, several inmates who told the court what Gouker told them about killing Trey and Detective Scott Russ, the lead detective on the case.
Dr. Beckman believes that Trey was punched in the left eye and fell back and then received other injuries. She thought he was beaten with a rod-type object.
One inmate declined to answer questions and was held in contempt of court.
Another inmate, Paul Embry, said that Gouker told him that he killed Trey to get even with Trey’s mother for killing Gouker’s child.
A third inmate told the court that Gouker thought Joshua Young was a “demon child.”
Trey Zwicker was killed on May 11, 2011. His body was found behind Liberty High School. When Josh Gouker pled guilty to the murder, he told the judge that he “lost it” and beat Trey with a metal pipe. He just “snapped…before I knew it, it was over.” He told the judge that he hid the murder weapon and bloody clothes behind a Mexican restaurant.
The trial will resume on Wednesday.