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15-year-old accused of killing stepbrother will be tried as adult

Joshua Young
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(CBS/WLKY) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A 15-year-old boy who allegedly killed his stepbrother will be arraigned in court Monday as an adult.

CBS affiliate WKLY reports Joshua Young is accused of killing 14-year-old Trey Zwicker, who was found beaten in a ditch outside of a high school in May.

Last Thursday, a grand jury decided that Young should be tried as an adult despite his age.

After his stepbrother's body was found, Trey's father told police to investigate Young. He was then charged in connection with the murder, but he was charged as a juvenile, and therefore many of the case details are unknown.

An arrest citation states that Young beat Zwicker to death and then threw away the murder weapon and clothing. Given the grand jury indictment stating that he will be prosecuted as an adult, more details will soon be revealed.

Meanwhile, Terry Zwicker, the victim's father, said the indictment was welcome news but it is still difficult.

"A lot of sad days, a lot of bad days. I'm sure there are more still coming, but now, it's anger. I have a lot of anger," he said.

Terry Zwicker wants the harshest punishment for Young, and it's possible the 15-year-old could be eligible for the death penalty, if the Commonwealth decides to pursue it.


  • Crimesider Staff

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