Gibson's death sentence may not guarantee execution


by WHAS editors

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 15 at 4:42 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - If it is upheld, there's no guarantee William Clyde Gibson will die by lethal injection.

In fact, its been five years since an inmate has been put to death in Indiana, and of the 13 people currently on Indiana's death row, none have execution dates scheduled.

The method is also coming under scrutiny; It has been outlawed already in 18 states.

Steve Owen, chief deputy prosecutor in Indiana, said, “These are the worst of the worst. These are the worst crimes. And it doesn't sound like they're having a very rough time up there."

Owen said Gibson is “enjoying" his time on death row in Michigan City, Ind. He has his own cell, a television with 50 channels, a monthly stipend and now he gets a pet.

“He's also very excited that he gets his own cat. They have cats on death row that the inmates can have and take care of. He's been taking care of someone else's cat,” Owen said.

Owen said the person whose cat Gibson was taking care of is the same person he got that now infamous tattoo with; death row times three, it read, and it’s now coming true.

It means he will be strapped to a gurney and given a lethal injection of three drugs.

It’s the same drug cocktail that's the subject of controversy in other states, like Kentucky, where it’s currently under review.

Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was famously executed by lethal injection in Terre Haute in 2001.

Since then, another 12 people have been put to death in Indiana, but the last was in 2009.

The method is becoming more controversial for what some people have said is cruel and unusual punishment.

The process of a death row penalty case in Indiana lasts an average of 12 to 15 years. Gibson is 57 years old.