New details released in case of William Clyde Gibson

Published: May. 30, 2012 at 9:04 PM EDT|Updated: May. 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM EDT
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NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - We're learning more about some of the evidence the state of Indiana has against accused serial killer William Clyde Gibson, including how police say he helped lead them to the places where he left two of his victim's bodies.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson says he's already using the fact that Gibson allegedly cut off Christine Whitis' breast and sexually assaulted the 75-year-old as a reason to seek the highest punishment for the accused serial killer. He used the evidence of how she was found to get the initial murder charge.

Detective Carrie East with the New Albany Police Department told judge Susan Orth in a closed hearing that "Ms. Whitis was found in a partially disrobed state, face down. Her shirt was off her body on the arm, hanging off the right arm. Her pants were down around her ankles and her bra was unclasped, but still on the body."

She also told the judge their first thought was that Gibson broke her back testifying that, "Initially when we observed the body, her body, the legs were in an unusual position, just up and over to the left. As we were observing her the back appeared to be it appeared to be broken it was unusual to us where the body was and how the legs were."

Henderson says Gibson also sexually assaulted Stephanie Kirk. Police say while he admitted to using his hands to strangle the 35-year-old mother and told them he did it for pleasure, he told them to search for her body in two incorrect locations before leading them to his own backyard where her body was dug up along with her cell phone.

East did say that he led them directly to the location where Karen Hodella's body was found in 2003, telling them he stabbed her. East testified that, "He has a knife tattooed on his right lower arm. It's a tattoo of a knife and the date of 10-10-02. I asked him if he tattooed that on there the day he killed Karen Hodella. He said yes." It's also the same date as his birthday.

Henderson is asking for the death penalty for the death's of Whitis and Hodella. He is due back in court next month.

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