Saturday, October 26, 2013
Ind. Courts - More on "William Clyde Gibson murder prosecution rests, closing arguments expected Friday"
That’s all the time it took Friday for a jury to convict William Clyde Gibson of the gruesome murder of 75-year-old Christine Whitis — and clear the way for a possible death sentence Monday.
Gibson, with his signature handlebar mustache, sat emotionless as the jury of eight men and four women — brought in from Dearborn County to hear the high-profile case — handed down the verdict. Family members of his victim, some grasping Bibles, collectively exhaled in relief.
They said nothing to the press as they exited the Floyd Superior courtroom, except for one family member who uttered “justice was served” as she got on the elevator.
The sentencing phase of the trial — jurors will decide whether he will be given the death penalty — starts at 9 a.m. Monday.
Whitis is one of three women that Gibson is charged with murdering; he’s also accused of slaying Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown, and Karen Hodella, 44, of Port Orange, Fla. He is to be tried in their murders separately and also faces the death penalty in Kirk’s murder.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 26, 2013 02:20 PM
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