By Mike Perleberg
William Clyde Gibson
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Jury selection in Dearborn County for a Floyd County murder trial was completed on Friday.
William Clyde Gibson is accused of murdering 75-year-old family friend Christine Whitis. His trial in that case is scheduled to begin in October.
Gibson is also accused in the murders of two other women, however, the trials for those alleged killings will take place in separate trials in Floyd County. Because of the extensive media coverage of Gibson’s case, a judge allowed for jury selection to take place in Dearborn County.
Following almost five days of jury selection at the Dearborn County Courthouse, prosecutors and the defense agreed on a panel of 12 Dearborn County residents to serve as jurors. The jury is made up of five men and seven women. There are also five alternate jurors. The jurors will be sequestered in Floyd County during Gibson's trial, which is expected to last about three weeks, according to reports.
A pool of nearly 500 potential jurors was used, however, many of those were never interviewed as the selection wrapped up Friday.
Gibson is also charged with killing Stephanie Kirk in 2012 and Karen Hodella in 2002.