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Family says murder victim likely knew possible suspect

75-year-old Christine Whitis was murdered Thursday. 75-year-old Christine Whitis was murdered Thursday.
(source: New Albany Police Department) (source: New Albany Police Department)
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - The family of the Clarksville woman found murdered in New Albany Thursday says she likely knew the man who police are holding as a person of interest.

54-year-old William Clyde Gibson III was picked up on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest and auto theft. It's some of those charges that Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson says are why Gibson is a possible suspect.

By the time detectives pulled up outside Christine Whitis' home in Clarksville, neighbors started to wonder what happened to the 75-year-old. When they heard she was murdered, "it's shocking you just wonder how anyone could be that cruel," says Nancy Blacketer who lives two doors down.

Especially considering she was friends with Gibson's late mother. Whitis' son says his mother and the mother of Gibson had known each other for 57 years. It was Gibson's mother's home where Whitis was found by his relatives who went to check on Gibson. His neighbors say his mom had recently passed away.

"We're going to do everything we can to hold the person responsible for the death of Ms. Whitis and we'll move forward within Indiana law early next week," says Henderson.

Henderson says the fact that he resisted police when they picked him up at the Walmart on Grant Line Road and is charged with stealing Whitis' car are two of the reason he's being looked at as possibly having something to do with her death. He does say she was definitely murdered by someone.

Those who knew her and lived nearby just hope whoever that person is will be charged soon.

Gibson is due back in court Tuesday. Henderson says if they do charge him, it would likely happen then.

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