William Clyde Gibson
(Floyd County, Ind.) - A death penalty trial in Floyd County, Indiana that will use jurors from Dearborn County is slated to begin in October.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers for William Clyde Gibson told a judge Thursday that they are prepared to start the trial in October, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. It had previously been scheduled for July.
The last arguments for final motions are scheduled September 6.
The trial will be the first of two death-penalty eligible trials for Gibson, 55. He is accused of murdering a 75-year-old family friend Christine Whitis. Her body was found in the garage of his New Albany home in April 2012.
Twelve Dearborn County jurors will determine Gibson’s guilt or innocence. Those jurors will be sequestered in Floyd County for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last up to three weeks.
During Thursday’s hearing, Floyd County Clerk Linda Moeller told Judge Susan Orth that a pool of 400 potential jurors from Dearborn County has been chosen. The process of selecting the jury panel will begin September 23 in Lawrenceburg, according to the Courier-Journal.
Following the completion of his first murder trial, Gibson will go on trial for the murders of two other women in Floyd County.