Case against accused serial killer moving forward

Published: Aug. 22, 2012 at 7:19 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM EDT
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William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Jail)
William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Jail)
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - The case against accused serial killer William Clyde Gibson is on track to go to trial in February, but the man who will prosecute said it's likely Gibson's attorney will ask for a change of venue.

According to Keith Henderson, the Floyd County Prosecutor, if a judge does grant the change it doesn't necessarily mean the hearing with leave the county. Henderson said it is possible that a jury could be brought into the courthouse in New Albany.

Before any of that happens though, Henderson said they are still collecting evidence for the murder of at least one of Gibson's alleged victims.

Right after Gibson was arrested and charged with killing three women, Henderson says police started looking for a pickup truck that used to belong to Gibson. Earlier in August, the truck was found in Nebraska where police there say it was connected to the death of a possible fourth victim this time a man.

"As far as a fourth alleged victim, I'm not aware of where those reports are coming from either," said Henderson. "I'm not aware of what information a police officer or sheriff in Nebraska would have."

Henderson said they are looking for evidence to help their case against Gibson when it comes to the 2002 death of Karen Hodella, 44, the person police say Gibson killed first.

"We have to keep in mind that vehicle has been used now for a number of years," said Henderson, "so our expectations of that of evidentiary value was not great."

While he waits to see what comes from the truck, Henderson said everything is ready to go for Gibson's first scheduled trial for the deaths of Christine Whitis, 75, and Stephanie Kirk, 35.

A competency evaluation has also been completed for Gibson. Henderson said he's still waiting to see that report.

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