William Clyde Gibson
New Albany Police Dept.
(New Albany, Ind.) - An accused southern Indiana serial killer’s court case is moving forward.
William Clyde Gibson allegedly murdered three women in New Albany between 2002 and 2012. He is going to trial in July for one of the murders – that of Christine Whitis, a 75-year-old family friend of Gibson.
The 55-year-old’s trial in Floyd County will use jurors from Dearborn County. That’s because the judge agreed with defense attorneys that the case has had too much media exposure in New Albany and it would be too difficult to find impartial jurors there.
During a court hearing on Wednesday, Floyd Superior Judge Susan Orth ran through various dates in Gibson’s case for the prosecution and defense to exchange information and file motions, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
More than 800 potential juror questionnaires will be mailed out in Dearborn County in May. The judge asked the prosecutors and defense to submit their juror questions to her within two weeks.
The jurors from Dearborn County will be sequestered in a Floyd County hotel during the trial which is expected to last up to three weeks.
Gibson faces the possibility of the death penalty if he is convicted of Whitis’ murder.
Gibson is also accused in the murders of Karen Hodella, of Florida, and Stephanie Kirk, of Charlestown, whose remains were found buried in his backyard following his arrest for Whitis’ death. Those cases will be tried separately.