Sentencing phase begins for William Clyde Gibson in murder of Stephanie Kirk

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 28 at 5:43 PM

FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Opening statements in the sentencing for confessed serial killer William Clyde Gibson began on July 28. 

Prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty after Gibson pleaded guilty to murder in June.

Today begins what's expected to be a four day sentencing phase for the murder of Stephanie Kirk. 

Gibson unexpectedly pleaded guilty to this murder in June. However, since the death penalty is still on the table, this week's proceeding will be a trial-like event where attorneys for both sides will lay out their case for whether or not Gibson should die. 

There is no jury for this, just a judge. 

Prosecutor Keith Henderson said, in June, Gibson's plea saved a lot of time and money for the county and is good for Kirk's family.

"It saves them the emotional struggle of a trial and the uncertainty of a jury," Henderson said.

Gibson of course already has one death row sentence for the murder of Christine Whitis and a 65-year sentence for the 2002 murder of Karen Hodella.

WHAS11's Karma Dickerson has more, click on the video player above.
 

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