New Albany, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Two major rulings are expected Friday Sept. 28 in William Clyde Gibson’s first murder trial.
A judge will set a date for the New Albany man’s competency hearing and rule on whether the case will be tried in Floyd County. Gibson’s attorneys have requested a change of venue for the trial, saying that due to the publicity it’s received, the accused killer and convicted rapist cannot receive a fair trial from a Floyd County jury. Floyd county prosecutor Keith Henderson says he does not oppose a change of venue.
Gibson is currently scheduled for trial Feb. 18 for the murder of 75-year-old Christine Whitis, his late mother’s best friend. The accused serial killer has been evaluated by a psychiatrist who ruled him mentally fit to stand trial. A psychologist has also examined him, but those findings are not yet public. Both mental health professionals’ opinions will be presented at the competency hearing once the date is set.
Gibson’s long time neighbors shared their thoughts with WHAS on both his competency and his request for venue change. Click on the player for what they had to say.