Prosecution presents case for death penalty after Gibson conviction

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 6:24 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- On Monday, Oct. 28, the penalty phase began in Floyd County, Ind. for accused serial killer William Clyde Gibson.

In order for Gibson to be eligible for the death penalty for killing Christine Whitis, 75, the prosecution will have to prove one of four aggravators happen while he killed her.

The first two aggravators, the prosecution presented to the jury, were that Gibson committed or attempted crimes involving Gibson sexually abusing Whitis without her consent. The third aggravator involved Gibson dismembering a part of Whitis’ body. The prosecution says the fourth aggravator shows that Gibson killed Whitis while he was on probation for a prior crime he was convicted of committing.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson says he is confident that he can prove all four.

The jury already found Gibson guilty on Friday for killing Whitis after 17 minutes of deliberations.

The only person to testify for the prosecution during the second phase was Gibson probation officer, Clare Bonet. She says Gibson was on probation in April 2012 when Gibson killed Whitis.

The defense plans to have several people testify that will paint a picture of Gibson’s childhood. Gibson’s sister and a psychologist are expected to tell the jury that Gibson was abused by his father as a child and how that affected him as an adult.

Gibson could receive the death penalty, life in prison without parole or a number of years behind bars.  
 

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