William Clyde Gibson
New Albany Police Dept.
(Floyd County, Ind.) - Jurors from Dearborn County will sit on the trial of an accused southern Indiana serial killer.
William Clyde Gibson III, of New Albany, is charged with killing family friend Christine Whitis, 75, with her brutalized remains being found in his garage April 19.
According to The Louisville Courier-Journal, there has been much media attention given to the case in Floyd County. So last week, Floyd Superior Court Judge Susan Orth ordered that jurors from Dearborn County who have not heard of the allegations against Gibson will be brought in.
Gibson’s trial is currently scheduled to begin February 18.
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson told the newspaper that Floyd County would be responsible for paying for travel, hotel and other costs for jurors. The jurors would likely would be sequestered during their hotel stay, Henderson said.
Gibson, 54, is accused in the deaths of two other women. He allegedly strangled Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown, whose remains were found buried in his backyard eight days after Whitis’ remains were found. Kirk was reported missing March 25.
Prosecutors also allege that Gibson stabbed Karen Hodella, 44, of Port Orange, Fla., in October 2002. Hodella’s body was found in the Ohio River three months later.
There is a possibility Gibson’s trial for the Whitis murder could be pushed back. A mental competency hearing is scheduled for October 12. The Courier-Journal reported that a psychiatrist and psychologist both recently submitted reports that said Gibson was competent to stand trial.