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Judge: Gibson competent to face murder trial

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

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – A Floyd County, Indiana judge ruled that William Clyde Gibson is competent to stand trial.

During Friday's competency hearing, it was revealed that Gibson attempted to commit suicide.

Two doctors evaluated Gibson August 21 at the Floyd County Jail.  Dr. Heather Henderson-Galligan, a psychologist, met with Gibson for more than two hours.  Psychiatrist Dr. Steven Shelton testified he evaluated Gibson for 30 minutes.

"I think both of the professionals were comprehensive. They have a good history with this county and with these courts. I believe they take different approaches," Henderson said.

Judge Susan Orth ordered the written competency evaluations to the sealed.

However, Gibson's attorneys can still pull an insanity defense.  "There has been no insanity motion filed by the court to date. I don't know if there will or won't be, but there hasn't been," Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said.

Gibson is charged with murdering Christine Whitis, 75, a family friend from Clarksville, IN; Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown, IN; and Karen Hodella, 44, of Port Orange, FL. Whitis' body was found in the garage of Gibson's New Albany home in April, and Kirk's was later found buried in Gibson's backyard. Hodella's body was pulled from the Ohio River in January 2003. It is believed she was killed sometime in late 2002.

Gibson will be back in court on October 24 for a pre-trial conference. His trial for the murder of Whitis is still on track to begin on February 18, 2013 in New Albany with a jury from Dearborn County, near the Ohio-Indiana border.

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