Prosecution, defense request mental evaluation for suspected serial killer

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 26 at 2:03 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The New Albany man who police said admitted to killing three women was in a Floyd County courtroom Tuesday.

Both the prosecution and defense agree William Clyde Gibson needs to take a mental evaluation.

“Competency will always be a major issue in death penalty cases,” Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said.

Gibson’s public defender requested a protective order for his client until the evaluation is complete. A motion was granted, allowing Gibson to contact a limited amount of people while in jail, which includes his immediate family, his defense and the Floyd County Sheriff officials.

Gibson has publicly admitted to killing the three women, writing about his self proclaimed guilt to several news agencies. 

“Clearly the case and what out in the public domain is pretty extensive compared to many other cases,” Henderson said. “We look at the whole picture and we’re going to move forward. We are going to dot our ‘I’s and cross our ‘T’s the best we can and look forward to the conclusion of it.”

Gibson’s trial was originally scheduled for August, but will likely be rescheduled to February 2013 to give both the prosecution and defense more time to collect evidence for the discovery.

Gibson is charged in the deaths of Karen Hodella, Christine Whitis and Stephanie Kirk.
 

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