Delay in hearing regarding delay in Gibson trial


by Adam Walser

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 6:27 PM

FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. A delay in a scheduled hearing today in the case of accused serial killer William Clyde Gibson, III.

The defense in the case filed a motion asking the judge to grant a delay in the trial, which is now scheduled to begin in June.

Attorneys say their experts need more time to prepare for the case.

The judge delayed a scheduled hearing on the motion today so she could determine what effect a delay in the trial will have on the Dearborne County court system.

That county, located near Cincinnati, will provide jurors for the trial because of the large amount of pretrial publicity the case has received in Kentuckiana.

Gibson has been charged with the murders of Christine Whitis, Stephanie Kirk and Karen Hodella over the course of a 10 year period.

He was charged with the murders more than a year ago, but his attorneys said this week their experts are not prepared.

Prosecutor Keith Henderson says he'll vigorously oppose any delay.

"The defense has had ample time to get this case prepared," Henderson said. "We have to balance the interests of the defendant, obviously, but we also have the interests of victims' families to balance."

The judge will hear from both parties next Tuesday.

Any delay in the first trial by more than a few weeks would likely affect the start date of the other two trials.