Jury finds William Clyde Gibson guilty in 1st of 3 murder trials

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by Amy Stallings and Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 6:38 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- William Clyde Gibson was found guilty of murder Friday evening in a Floyd County courthouse.

The jury took just 17 minutes to find Gibson guilty of killing Christine Whitis and hiding her mutilated body in the garage of his New Albany home.

Gibson will be sentenced Monday at 9 a.m. The death penalty is on the table.

The prosecution wrapped up their case Thursday and the defense rested Friday morning after calling just one witness, a New Albany detective that also testified for the state.

Before resting, the defense asked the judge to allow the jury to consider a voluntary manslaughter charge, saying Gibson made a sexual advance toward Whitis and she responded with a reference to his recently deceased mother.

Gibson's attorneys claimed that reference sent the 57-year-old into a rage and did not intend to kill Whitis.

Floyd County prosecutor Keith Henderson said the defense's claim was not a valid argument for the lesser charge and the judge agreed, ruling a manslaughter charge cannot be considered.

Gibson is also accused of killing two other women over the past 10 years. He will be tried separately on murder charges for deaths of Karen Hodella and Stephanie Kirk.
 

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