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Judge considers Gibson's competency

William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Jail) William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Jail)

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Suspected serial killer William Clyde Gibson III has been deemed competent by a mental health professional, now a judge must sign off on the order so his first murder trial can begin.

Judge Susan Orth ordered the mental evaluation in June for the New Albany.

According to court documents, the next step in the Gibson trials is a pretrial conference scheduled for 11 a.m. today in Floyd County.

Gibson, 54, will be tried separately in the murders of Christine Whitis, 75, Karen Hodella, 45, and Stephanie Kirk, 35.

Whitis was found strangled in Gibson's garage April 19, and Kirk, who had been missing since March 25, was found buried in his backyard eight days later. Hodella was found murdered near the Ohio River in January 2003. She had been missing since October 2002. Police say Gibson admitted to killing her. The first of Gibson's three murder trials is scheduled for February 2013.

Prosecutors say they will pursue the death penalty in the murders of Whitis and Kirk.

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