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Trial date for accused serial killer set

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

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - The start of a trial for an accused serial killer has been pushed back several months.

William Clyde Gibson's trial for the murder of Christine Whitis has been set for July 15, 2013 with jury selection beginning on June 24.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said it is not unusual to have so much time before trial in a case like this because of the amount of evidence attorneys must dig through.

"You know you're talking about extensive statements and pictures and those sorts of things and police reports, quite a bit of discovery, so you know potential evidence for a case of this size," said Henderson.    

Gibson was arrested in the death of Whitis, 75, whose body was found inside his home in the 800 block of Woodbourne Drive on April 19. Police said that investigation led them to the body of Stephanie Kirk, a Clark County mother, who was buried in Gibson's backyard.

Investigators say Gibson also confessed to murdering Karen Hodella in 2002. Her body was pulled from the Ohio River.

Gibson's trial will be held in New Albany, but the jurors will come from Dearborn County, in southeastern Indiana near Ohio border.

WAVE 3 also learned that Gibson is now represented by four defense attorneys.

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