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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ind. Courts - "William Gibson's first murder trial on track to start in October in Floyd County"

This August 16th ILB entry, headed "Camm Trial Could Raise Floyd County Taxes," quoted from a WIBC story:

[Floyd County] has already spent over $1.4 million on the third Camm trial alone and has also allotted some funds for the prosecution of William Clyde Gibson, who is facing a capital murder trial this fall.
Today, Grace Schneider reports in the Louisville Courier Journal:
After they file motions and hold a final hearing for oral arguments early next month, lawyers expect to be ready — after two continuances — to start the first of William Gibson’s three murder trials in New Albany.

During a pretrial hearing Monday morning in Floyd Superior Court, prosecutors and two of Gibson’s public defenders checked calendars and confirmed dates for holding oral arguments Sept. 6 and choosing jurors starting Sept. 21 in Dearborn County.

Gibson was arrested in April 2012 and charged in the slayings of family friend Christine Whitis, 75, of Clarksville; Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown; and Karen Hodella, 44, of Port Orange, Fla. * * *

Gibson, 55, is to stand trial first in Whitis’ murder and early next year in Kirk’s death. Both are capital murder cases. Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson is not seeking the death penalty in Hodella’s death.

At Monday’s hearing, Gibson sat quietly and listened as Floyd Superior Judge Susan Orth ran through several dates, with the trial starting Oct. 21 with sequestered jurors from Dearborn. * * *

Jurors are being selected in Dearborn, across the Ohio River from Northern Kentucky and near Cincinnati, to ensure a fair trial. Jurors will be brought to New Albany and sequestered during a trial that Henderson estimated could last at least two to three weeks.

Here are some earlier ILB entries on Gibson.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 27, 2013 09:15 AM
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