Gibson sentencing phase moves into 4th day, tattoo now evidence


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 4:04 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The sentencing phase for serial killer William Clyde Gibson will continue into its fourth day Thursday. 

Gibson, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Christine Whitis, and sentenced to 65 years in prison for the murder of Karen Hodella, is now waiting to hear his fate in connection with the murder of Stephanie Kirk.

Prosecutors said they want the judge to impose the death penalty for this case as well.

His sudden guilty plea in June halted a trial which allowed the court to skip to the sentencing phase.

Wednesday, a psychologist, Dr. Heather Henderson-Galligan, took the stand to speak on Gibson’s competency, dating back to 2012 to the present. She says over the last two years, she’s diagnosed him as bipolar, a past alcohol and drug dependent, and having some sort of personality disorder, likely caused by an earlier trauma or family event. However, Gibson was found fit to stand trial.

Kirk's father also appeared in court, sitting feet from Gibson, with a very visible “Death Row X3” tattoo on the back of his head.

The tattoo was a big point of contention in Gibson's murder cases because a judge feared it could sway a jury to believe Gibson is guilty.

At one point, the judge ordered Gibson to grow out his hair to cover the tattoo.

A photo of his tattoo was released into evidence late Wednesday afternoon.

WHAS 11 News has learned a rebuttal witness will take the stand Thursday before the judge begins to decide Gibson’s fate, a decision to come in mid-August.