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Suspected serial killer Gibson charged with murdering Stephanie Kirk

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William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Jail) William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Jail)
Stephanie Kirk Stephanie Kirk
Murder victims Christine Whitis and Karen Hodella Murder victims Christine Whitis and Karen Hodella

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Suspected serial killer William Clyde Gibson was charged Wednesday with murdering Stephanie Kirk, the woman found buried in his backyard in April.

Gibson already had been charged with murder in the deaths of Christine Whitis, 75, a family friend found dead inside Gibson's home on April 19, and Karen Hodella, 44, in October 2002. Prosecutors on Wednesday said Gibson sexually abused both Whitis and Hodella and mutilated Whitis' body. It also was announced on Wednesday that the death penalty will be sought for both of those murders.

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Since the discovery of Kirk's body on April 27, crews have continued to dig off and on outside Gibson's home on Woodbourne Drive in New Albany. In addition, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department has said an area near Bloomington, IN was being prepped for a possible future dig related to the Gibson case.

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