Second day of Gibson trial begins with video interview

Christine Whitis (Source: Family photo)
Christine Whitis (Source: Family photo)

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NEW ALBANY - The second day of the William Clyde Gibson III trial began this morning with the state preparing to show jurors a second recorded interview between New Albany police and Gibson.

Gibson was charged in 2012 for the killing three women, and is now in the midst of a capital trial for the April 2012 death of Christine Whitis, 75, of Clarksville - a woman described as the best friend of Gibson's mother, who died in January 2012.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson sat close by as Steve Owen, Floyd County chief deputy prosecutor, called the state's fifth witness, NAPD officer and Floyd County Commissioner Steve Bush, to the stand.

Bush told the court he interviewed Gibson, 56,  on April 21, 2012, two days after the New Albany man had been arrested. Responding to Owen, Bush confirmed information provided earlier in the trial that Whitis' severed right breast was found in the minivan Gibson was driving at the time of his arrest, which belonged to Whitis.

The interview took place one day after Gibson was questioned for nearly six hours by NAPD Detective Carrie East.

During East's interview, which was shown Monday to the jury comprised of Dearborn County residents, Gibson admitted to fatally strangling then mutilating Whitis' body.

Starting at 9:42 a.m. the jurors were shown Bush's interview with Gibson, which took place in the same small, stark interrogation room at the New Albany Police Department. The interview is about 40 minutes.

According to Gibson's April 20 interview with East, he had called Whitis' cell phone in the late morning April 18. After she arrived at his home, Gibson has said he strangled the Clarksville woman and drug her lifeless body into the home's attached garage.

Gibson's sister discovered the body April 19, after going to the home to obtain the mileage from a vehicle parked in the garage.