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October 22, 2013

Video interviews, testimony paint picture of Gibson

William Gibson III reveals in video he was seeking a sexual relationship with woman

NEW ALBANY — More video interviews of accused serial killer William Gibson III and testimony from police officials have begun to paint a picture of the events surrounding the murder and sexual assault of a 75-year-old family friend.

During one of the videos shown Tuesday on the second day of Gibson’s capital murder trial in the death of Christine Whitis, Gibson revealed he wanted to have an intimate relationship with her.

“We always talked. I called her my girlfriend,” Gibson, 56, said during one of the interviews shown to the jury — made up of Dearborn County residents — in Floyd Superior Court No. 1.

He also made it clear that  Whitis was not interested.

“She said, ‘I was old enough to be your mother,’” Gibson said in the video.

While the nature of their relationship has not been discussed in court, the two were at least close enough that Whitis, a Clarksville resident, visited Gibson’s home when asked, as she did the day she was murdered.

“We was always real good friends,” Gibson told an investigator days after Whitis was found dead in the garage attached to his home, also saying that he had known Whitis nearly all his life, and she even baby-sat him when he was a child. “That’s why I don’t understand why I did what I done.”

Whitis has been described as the best friend of Gibson’s mother, who died in January 2012.

Gibson put his plan into motion when he called Whitis about 10:50 a.m. April 18, 2012, and Whitis returned the call minutes after noon. Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said Whitis arrived at the Woodbourne Drive in New Albany home about 1 p.m.

Gibson has stated that he told Whitis he was still grieving over his mother’s recent death and wanted to talk with her for comfort. He told police he had planned on attempting a sexual encounter before she had arrived.

By using the recordings and responses from five New Albany Police Department officers called to testify in the first two days of the trial, the prosecution has illustrated what took place after Whitis came to Gibson’s home.

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