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William Clyde Gibson (Source: Pool photo by Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal) William Clyde Gibson (Source: Pool photo by Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal)
Christine Whitis (Source: Family photo) Christine Whitis (Source: Family photo)
Keith Henderson Keith Henderson
Crime scene photo showing a button from Christine Whitis' shirt (Source: ISP/Floyd Superior Court) Crime scene photo showing a button from Christine Whitis' shirt (Source: ISP/Floyd Superior Court)
Whitis' glasses at the crime scene (Source: ISP/Floyd Superior Court) Whitis' glasses at the crime scene (Source: ISP/Floyd Superior Court)

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Pictures shown in the William Clyde Gibson trial brought family members and some jurors to tears. Gibson is on trial for the capital murder of Christine Whitis. Gibson is accused of murdering three women, but this trial is for the death of Whitis, 75, of Clarksville, Indiana.

While there is a confession by Gibson in this case, it must go to trial because if Gibson is convicted he faces the death penalty. A not guilty plea was automatically entered on behalf of Gibson. Now, the state must prove its case on why they believe he deserves death.

The Whitis family was warned in advance that graphic crime scene photos were going to be shown on Wednesday.

"I can't think of another case that I've tried, and I've done a number of cases, that were anymore emotional for the family and all those involved," said Keith Henderson, the Floyd County prosecutor.

Sgt. Bill Wibbels with Indiana State Police was the lead crime scene investigator called to Gibson's home on April 19, 2012 by New Albany Police. Wibbels processed the scene by taking photos and video. Wednesday, it was all presented to the jury.

Family members began to cry quietly as the 12 minute video played. The video showed Whitis' body twisted and battered. Some jurors were wiping their eyes after they watched.

"I hesitated several times before I put the worst of the worst up, but it had to be done, all the reasons for the photographs there was expert testimony as to what the significance of those meant, so hard for the family, but important," said Henderson.

Wibbels testified that a chainsaw, garbage bags, beer bottles, duct tape, and a knife were all found close to the body. He said on the stand that Whitis was strangled and the small knife found near the body was used to remove Whitis' right breast.

Wibbels also testified that several buttons from Whitis' shirt were found in Gibson's living room, along with her eyeglasses and cell phone. Through testimony earlier this week, one of her buttons was found in Gibson's pocket during his arrest.

Another expert told the jury he believed Whitis' was put in a position to be displayed after.

Even though Gibson is charged with killing two other women, he is only on trial for the murder of Whitis.

On Thursday the jury will hear from the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. The state also plans to call the man who installed Whitis' security system at her house as well as her cleaning lady in hopes up clearing up the timeline.

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