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Clark County

October 21, 2013

Gibson admits to killing in police interview video shown on first day of murder trial

Prosecutors seeking death penalty in brutal sexual assault, murder of 75-year-old woman

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NEW ALBANY — SENSITIVE TRIAL

After the trial was adjourned for the day, Henderson took time to say that his office understands the discomfort the proceedings can place on Whitis’ family and friends, especially those who are attending the trial.  

“It is difficult for the family,” he said. “We shouldn’t forget that.”

Henderson also said Floyd County Prosecutor’s office employees will be notifying family seated in the courtroom’s gallery before sensitive and graphic testimony or evidence is discussed in open court.

“It is very difficult for them and we want to minimize that the best we can, but at the same time prove the case on behalf of the state and take care of the business at hand,” he said.

The trial is being held in Floyd County Superior Court No. 1 with Judge Susan Orth presiding.

Gibson is being represented by attorneys J. Patrick Biggs and George Streib. The trial is expected to last two weeks, according to court officials.

Gibson has also been charged in the murders of Stephanie Kirk and Karen Hodella. He is scheduled to go to separate trials for both the deaths.

 

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