A jury in Kentucky Friday night acquitted 17-year-old Joshua Young in the beating death of his stepbrother, Trey Zwicker, two years ago.
Young also was found not guilty of tampering with evidence.
Josh Gouker, Young’s father, pleaded guilty to murder in Zwicker’s death, and was sentenced on July 26 to life in prison. But prosecutors said Young worked with Gouker to beat Zwicker as the teen suffocated in the mud of a ditch behind a Kentucky high school.
“Trey Zwicker was brutally murdered at age 14 … because Josh Gouker is a control freak and because Josh Young wanted to impress him,” prosecutor Elizabeth Brown told the jury in Jefferson County Circuit Court during Friday’s closing arguments. She said Gouker was upset with Zwicker’s mother after she aborted Gouker’s unborn child, and he wanted revenge.