A Heartbreaking Death and the Quest
by Brittany Ducker
One afternoon, students at Liberty High School in Louisville, Kentucky, discovered a body facedown and lifeless in a drainage ditch. Within minutes, police descended onto school grounds and encountered one of the most violent scenes in their careers. In the hours that followed, the body was identified as fourteen-year-old Trey Zwicker.
ACCUSED tells the story of a family’s dysfunction that resulted in a brutal, stomach-churning crime. After being released from prison, Joshua Gouker wasted no time regaining custody of his son, Joshua, and within just weeks his stepson, Trey Zwicker, was dead. Trey’s stepfather and fifteen-year-old stepbrother, Joshua, were charged with one of the most heinous crimes in that area’s recent history. Young, a former honor student and wrestler, stood accused of murdering his own step-brother at his father’s bequest. Who was really guilty?
ACCUSED author Brittany Drucker utilizes her experience as a criminal defense attorney in the Louisville area to offer telling insights and revealing evidence into the backgrounds of Trey Zwicker, Joshua Young and Joshua Gouker. Drucker addresses the alleged sociopathic tendencies of Gouker, who was gifted with the ability to charm and puppeteer those around him. In addition to an intimate look at the background and personal lives of the key players in this case, she reveals startling concealed elements of the crime, including the erratic testimony of Gouker himself as he attempted to control witnesses and scam jurors. In this gripping true crime thriller, viewers of the trial wondered as will readers: Was Joshua Young a cold-blooded killer or just another victim of his sadistic, psychopathic father?
Brittany Ducker is a practicing criminal defense attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. Previously she was a Staff Attorney for Judge Rodney Burress, Bullitt County Chief Circuit Court Judge, and a Public Defender for the Department of Public Advocacy. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Race and Gender Studies from the University of Louisville, her Master’s degree in English from the University of Louisville and her JD from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Law and Education in addition to numerous local and regional publications. She resides in Louisville.
Nonfiction, 6 x 9, 320 pages
8 page photo insert
LC# 2014938452, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-484-0 (hc), $24.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-485-7 (eBook), $24.95