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William Clyde Gibson pleads guilty to third murder

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William Clyde Gibson during a walk to court in the Christine Whitis trial. (Pool photo: Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal) William Clyde Gibson during a walk to court in the Christine Whitis trial. (Pool photo: Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal)
Stephanie Kirk (Source: Family photo) Stephanie Kirk (Source: Family photo)
Christine Whitis (Source: Family photo) Christine Whitis (Source: Family photo)
Karen Hodella (Source: WAVE 3 Archives) Karen Hodella (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)

EVANSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The trial of William Clyde Gibson for the murder of Stephanie Kirk has ended before it began. During jury selection in Evansville, Gibson pleaded guilty to Kirk's murder. The body of Kirk, 35, was found buried in Gibson's backyard.

Gibson's fate will be determined by Floyd Superior Court Judge Susan Orth, who can still impose the death penalty. By accepting a plea in a death penalty case, Gibson waived his right to have a jury determine his fate.

Gibson was found guilty in October 2013 for the murder of Christine Whitis, 75. In April, Gibson accepted a plea deal in the murder of Karen Hodella, 45, and was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

The penalty phase is expected to start on July 28 in New Albany. It is expected to take three days.

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