Floyd Co. judge gives Gibson death sentence


by WHAS11


Posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 1:40 PM

FLOYD CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- He's been convicted of one murder and on Tuesday, Nov. 26, William Clyde Gibson was officially sentenced to death.

The Floyd County man is accused of being a serial killer and he even had a message for the court on Tuesday.

In court Gibson showed little remorse he said he deserved what he was getting. He also made it clear he wanted to stand trial for the other two murder cases against him.

Gibson officially joins death row for sexually assaulting and killing Christine Whitis and then dismembering the 75-year-old in April 2012.

Moments before his death sentence was handed down Gibson said a few words. “I deserve what I’m getting. No question," Gibson said. “It ain't no big deal.”

Not the words Whitis' family and the prosecution hoped they'd hear.

“I saw no remorse,” Keith Henderson, Floyd County prosecutor, said.

Gibson also told a judge he wants fast and speedy trials for the other two murder cases against him and he doesn’t want any deal. Henderson says there wasn't one on the table, but now Gibon's statements in court closes that door.

Gibson’s execution is set for one year from today before sunrise on Nov. 26, 2014.

And with a death penalty sentence there will be automatic appeals. The Indiana State Attorney General will handle that from now on.

Henderson says the trial for the murder of Stephanie Kirk will have to be scheduled by the end of the year and that case is also a death penalty case. The third trial for the murder of Karen Hodella is not a death penalty case.