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Friday, March 21, 2014

Ind. Courts - More on: "Need for two more William Clyde Gibson murder trials questioned in Southern Indiana"

Updating this ILB post from Nov. 18, 2013, Grace Schneider, of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports today:

William Clyde Gibson III, the New Albany man accused of brutally slaying three women, pleaded guilty to the October 2002 murder of Karen Sue Hodella in court Thursday morning, reversing his intention to pursue three speedy murder trials against him.

The plea agreement accepted by Floyd Superior Judge Susan Orth potentially adds a 65-year sentence for a man already sitting on Indiana’s death row — and facing a separate capital murder trial in June.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said he didn’t know what motivated Gibson to change his plea but the deal includes the condition that the state can’t use the conviction in any future prosecution. * * *

Orth sentenced Gibson to die following a two-week trial in Whitis’ death and death penalty verdict last October. A second capital murder trial in Kirk’s slaying is set for June 16. On Thursday, Henderson said the length of time and other circumstances in Hodella’s case convinced him not to pursue capital murder.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 21, 2014 10:34 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts