New Albany Man Charged with Two Counts of Murder

New Albany resident William Clyde Gibson, III, 54, was arraigned in the Floyd Superior Court No. 1 on Tuesday, April 24 and charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Christine Whitis, 75, and Karen Hodella, 44. The state alleges that Gibson killed Karen Hodella on or about October 10, 2002, and that he killed Christine Whitis on or about April 19, 2012.

Gibson is currently incarcerated in the Floyd County Jail where he is being held without bond.

Each count of murder carries a potential sentencing range of 45 to 65 years. The state has also filed a third count seeking to sentence Gibson as a Habitual Offender. This sentencing enhancement carries a maximum addition of 30 years incarceration.

On Friday, April 27, 2012, New Albany Police recovered the body of Stephanie Kirk, 35, who was found buried in the backyard of Gibson’s residence.

The investigation remains ongoing, and is led by detectives with the New Albany Police Department, who have been assisted by the Indiana State Police, Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Department, Clarksville Police Department, Louisville Metro Police Department, and the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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