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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ind. Courts - Floyd Superior Court to consider next week if William Clyde Gibson III is competent to be tried for triple murder

Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier Journal reports:

A judge has scheduled a hearing next week to discuss two key elements in the criminal case of accused triple-murder suspect William Clyde Gibson III — the New Albany man’s competency to stand trial and a potential change of venue if Gibson goes to trial.

Floyd Superior Judge Susan Orth set a 1:30 p.m. hearing Sept. 28 for discussions on a date for a competency hearing and on the location of Gibson’s first capital murder trial. That came during a closed session Wednesday between Orth, one of Gibson’s public defenders, and Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson. * * *

Henderson said Wednesday that because of “a lot of logistics for the court,” the parties need to meet frequently to keep the proceedings moving toward the trial next year.

The first task for Orth is determining whether Gibson is competent to stand trial. In July, she granted a request from Gibson’s lawyers for a protective order prohibiting him from having contact with law enforcement, the media and the general public until he has undergone a mental evaluation and a competency hearing is held.

The protective order was designed to prevent Gibson from saying things that would incriminate him — something he’d already done in a letter to The Courier-Journal in which he wrote that he is guilty of the killings and willing to admit it in court.

Orth ordered two specialists from Jeffersonville — psychiatrist Steven Shelton and psychologist Heather Henderson-Galligan — to evaluate Gibson and report on their findings. Although those evaluations are sealed, the court docket in Gibson’s case shows that Shelton reported that he deemed Gibson competent to stand trial.

Henderson said the second evaluation report from Henderson-Galligan has been submitted, but he declined when asked Wednesday to disclose details during a short briefing with reporters.

At the competency hearing, both specialists could be called to testify, and Gibson also would be present, Henderson said.

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Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 20, 2012 10:58 AM
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