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June 3, 2014

Gibson pleads guilty to Kirk’s murder on second day of jury selection for upcoming trial

Penalty phase expected to begin July 2

EVANSVILLE — In an unexpected move, William Clyde Gibson pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to the murder of Stephanie Kirk during the second day of jury selection in Evansville for the upcoming trial, according to a news release from the Floyd County Prosecutor’s Office. The trial was expected to begin June 16.

Gibson was sentenced to death last fall for the murder of 75-year-old Christine Whitis and earlier this year the New Albany resident was sentenced to 60 years after pleading guilty to killing Karen Hodella, 45, whose body was found in the Ohio River in 2003.

The discovery of Whitis’ remains by Gibson’s sisters April 19, 2012, led to the uncovering of the remains of Kirk, 35, Charlestown, who was found buried in Gibson’s backyard on April 27, 2012.

The sentence for Kirk’s death will be determined by Floyd County Superior Court No. 1 Judge Susan Orth. The penalty phase is expected to begin at 9 a.m. on July 28.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson will discuss the matter further at a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at his office in New Albany.

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