Disturbing details released in Gibson murder cases

Published: May. 24, 2012 at 2:25 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM EDT
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William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Jail)
William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Jail)
Christine Whitis and Karen Hodella
Christine Whitis and Karen Hodella
Stephanie Kirk
Stephanie Kirk

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Chilling details have been released in the case against suspected serial killer William Clyde Gibson and prosecutors have decided he will face the death penalty.

The victims' families believe that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment in this case.
The case against Gibson started unraveling after his mother's long time friend, 75-year-old Christine Whitis was found dead in his home on April 19. In court on Wednesday, the victim's son made sure to never drop eye contact with Gibson.  

"That's my role in this," said Michael Whitis, victim's son. "I want him to know, I've known him all my life, and I want him to see me and the pain that he's caused my family."

Not just one family, two others will be forever affected. Gibson is also charged with the murder of Karen Hodella, whose body was found near the Ohio River in 2002. 

It's been almost a month since 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk was discovered buried in Gibson's backyard. Prosecutors formally charged him with Kirk's murder and announced they will seek the death penalty for the murders of Whitis and Kirk. 
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson says Gibson killed the 35-year-old on March 25 after he sexually assaulted her. 

"It gives me closure, because now I know he is responsible, but no it's not, it won't be closure even if he's executed, because I still don't have my daughter back," said Tony Kirk, victim's father. 

He's also accused of sexually assaulting Whitis, but Henderson says it even goes beyond that.

"The allegation that the state has made is that he has dismembered the body by cutting the breast off of the victim," said Henderson.

Those gruesome details are one reason Henderson believes he deserves the ultimate punishment. 

If nothing else, Whitis believes his mother's decision to go to Gibson's that day wasn't for nothing. "She was the right person at the place, right time, whatever, but I look at her and her role in this as almost heroic and I take a lot of comfort in that," said Whitis. 
All three cases will be tried separately, starting with Gibson's first murder charge, Christine Whitis. A date has been set for late August. 
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