William Clyde Gibson's home no longer evidence, now family estate

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - The future of one of the most infamous homes in the area is in question.

Law enforcement and police have turned over the property to William Clyde Gibson's family after investigators discovered human remains buried in the backyard and another body inside a garage in Spring 2012.

"It was a dear little house, in a dear little neighborhood and Jeraline Gibson was a dear little lady," Gibson Estate Attorney Steve Lohmeyer said. Lohmeyer represents Gibson's sister who's the executor of the property and Jeraline Gibson's estate - the accused killer's mother.

"I'm not sure what we're going to be able to do with any of it," Lohmeyer said.

Jeraline passed away January 18. Gibson moved into his mother's home shortly after she died. In April, law enforcement began tearing apart the house and lawn as they searched for human remains and evidence.

Investigators no longer need the house - leaving the family at a loss for what to do next. Lohmeyer has toured the property and been inside the home since police left the scene.

"The carpet has been torn up so they could look for evidence underneath. The appliances and all the contents of the cabinets are in a mound in the garage and even sections of wall that were cut into. I don't blame them for doing that, but it's made the house and everything else virtually unsellable," Lohmeyer told WAVE 3.

The property may be auctioned, but Lohmeyer said it most likely will not have a for sale sign in the front yard. "We have approached a couple of realtors who have said they have no interest in marketing the property. They don't think they'll be able to sell it," he said.

Lohmeyer added the property was assessed for $80,000.

Gibson is scheduled to be in Floyd County Superior Court September 28. A judge will make a determination whether Gibson will be tried in Floyd County or another jurisdiction and whether jurors will be local or brought in.

Gibson is charged with murdering Christine Whitis, 75, a family friend from Clarksville; Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown; and Karen Hodella, 44, of Port Orange, Fla. Whitis' body was found in the garage of Gibson's New Albany home in April, and Kirk's was later found buried in his backyard.

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