NEW ALBANY, IN (News and Tribune) - Accused serial
killer William Clyde Gibson III described to police detectives how he killed a
75-year-old woman, mutilated her body, and then went to have a drink at a local
restaurant, according to a video interview shown on the first day of his murder
The police interview with
Gibson painted a picture of a gruesome crime and a man who was struggling with
his demons leading up to the sexual assault and killing of Christine Whitis, a
longtime family friend. Gibson's trial began Monday morning in a Floyd County
court, where prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith
Henderson told the jury — which was selected in and transported from Dearborn
County — that Gibson, 56, sexually assaulted Whitis, Clarksville, before
killing the woman in his Woodbourne Drive home in New Albany in April 2012. Henderson
said Whitis and Gibson knew each other, as she had been the best friend of
The chain of events began when
GIbson placed a call to Whitis' cell phone on April 18, 2012.
Gibson reached Whitis about
10:50 a.m., but she was preoccupied with a doctor's visit and called Gibson
back minutes after noon, Henderson told the jurors. Henderson claimed Gibson
used the pretense that he was grieving from his mother's passing to lure Whitis
to his home. He said Gibson treated Whitis as his "prey" after she came to the
home to give him support.
During opening remarks,
Henderson showed a color photograph of Whitis on a large projection screen and
described her as an active, vibrant and healthy widow with a strong
relationship with her son and grandchildren.
"She is loved and she loved,"
Henderson said as he introduced the case to the jurors.
Once Whitis entered Gibson's
home, he quickly began his sexual assault, Henderson said.
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