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Alleged IN serial killer back in court, jury pool discussed

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William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Prosecutor's Office) William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Prosecutor's Office)
Christine Whitis (Source: Family photo) Christine Whitis (Source: Family photo)
Steve Owen Steve Owen

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - With his wrists handcuffed and ankles shackled, officers escorted William Clyde Gibson into court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday.

Floyd County Superior Court Judge Susan Orth presided over the hearing focused on jury selection. Orth said hundreds of jurors will be pooled from Dearborn County until a jury is seated in Gibson's three murder trials.

Gibson is accused of murdering Christine Whitis, 75, of Clarksville, and Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown in 2012. He's also accused of murdering Karen Hodella, of Port Orange, Florida in 2002.

Prosecutors said they are seeking a capital punishment sentence against Gibson, which may result in lengthy court proceedings.

"Sometimes it takes a little bit longer time to get what we need done in preparation for trial," said Floyd County Deputy Prosecutor Steven Owens. "When you're talking about a capital case where we're talking about the ultimate penalty being imposed, that's going to take an even longer time."

Gibson will be tried in Whitis' murder first. Jury selection is expected to wrap up in that case by September 23.

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