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Will killer's testimony help son?

Will killer's testimony help son?

Josh Gouker pleaded guilty killing his 14-year-old stepson, Trey Zwicker. But now, Gouker’s son is on trial for complicity to that murder.  Gouker told multiple versions of what happened that night at one point even saying his son Joshua Young did it.  But now, Gouker says his son had nothing to do with it.  On Monday, Gouker took the stand and in profanity-filled testimony said his son, Joshua Young, had nothing to do with the murder of Trey Zwicker.

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Zwicker's grandma: Gouker formed teen army

Zwicker's grandma: Gouker formed teen army

Did Joshua Young beat his step-brother to death alongside his father?  Joshua Gouker has already been convicted of murdering his step-son, 14-year-old Trey Zwicker.  Now his 17-year-old son Young is on trial for complicity to murder.

Zwicker's grandmother Shelly Stewart talks about her beloved grandson, and says that she thinks Gouker was trying to form an "army of teenagers," including his son Young, who would have done anything for his father's approval.

Jane Velez-Mitchell announces Jodi Arias book

Jane Velez-Mitchell announces Jodi Arias book

Jane Velez-Mitchell has just written a new book!  “Exposed:  The Secret Life of Jodi Arias” is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com.

Jane Velez-Mitchell: Addiction is no excuse

Jane Velez-Mitchell: Addiction is no excuse

Editor's Note: Jane Velez-Mitchell is an HLN host, award-winning journalist, and best-selling author. She is on Twitter.

Convicted murderer, rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro’s demonic behavior continued right up until the moment he was dragged away in shackles to spend the rest of his life in prison.

"Blackfish" tackles captive whale controversy

"Blackfish" tackles captive whale controversy

The extraordinary new film "Blackfish" has Americans coast to coast wondering if keeping whales in theme parks amounts to torture.  The movie argues that years of captivity makes these animals aggressive and even deadly because they're locked up in what—for them—is the size of a closet. Critics charge that the whales basically go crazy.  Killer whales are used to roaming huge distances and they're known to be highly social marine animals.

The question of whether whales should be kept in captivity exploded on the world stage when Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau died after being pulled under water by an orca whale named Tilikum at Sea World in Orlando.

The Joshua Young Trial: Was the mom truthful?

The Joshua Young Trial: Was the mom truthful?

Trey Zwicker's mother took the stand today, testifying about her suspicions that her then-husband had killed her son. She also revealed an abusive past and how anger often turned into violence. She did not reveal however, whether she believes Joshua Young, her stepson, had anything to do with the murder.

Now, Trey's dad and step-mom are speaking out! Do they think Zwicker's mom was telling the truth?

Ohio kidnapper sentenced to life in prison

Ohio kidnapper sentenced to life in prison

Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for abducting three young women and holding them captive for years.  Michelle Knight, who was imprisoned in Castro's house for 11 years, spoke in court, saying, “I will overcome all this that has happened but you will face hell for eternity. From this moment on, I will not let you define me or affect who I am. I will live on, you will die a little every day."  Castro starved and beat Knight until she miscarried several times.  He also starved, beat, and raped his two other captives, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were both just teenagers when he abducted them.

Jane spoke to Fernando Colon, the ex-boyfriend of Castro's ex-wife, who claims that Castro beat his ex-wife and falsely accused Colon of molesting his daughters.

Lindsay Lohan completes rehab

Lindsay Lohan completes rehab

Actress, model and owner of soberbook.com magazine Jennifer Gimenez weighs in.

Jane Velez-Mitchell announces Jodi Arias book

Jane Velez-Mitchell announces Jodi Arias book

Jane Velez-Mitchell has just written a new book!  “Exposed:  The Secret Life of Jodi Arias” is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com.

Zwicker's grandmother: they were 2 of a kind

Zwicker's grandmother: they were 2 of a kind

17-year-old Joshua Young’s complicity to murder trial began today.  Young is being tried as an adult for the 2011 beating death of his then 14-year-old step-brother Trey Zwicker.  Young was only 15-years-old at the time of his step-brother’s death.  His father Josh Gouker plead guilty to murdering his step-son and was sentenced to life in prison last week.

Jane spoke to Zwicker’s aunt and grandmother about the horrific murder of Trey Zwicker and Young's trial.

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