Gibson Pleads Guilty to Stephanie Kirk’s Murder

William Clyde Gibson IIINew Albany, Ind. – During the second day of jury selection, on Tuesday June 3, 2014, defendant William Clyde Gibson III pled guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk. Gibson has been on trial for the murder of Stephanie Kirk and faces the death penalty. The penalty will now be determined by Judge Susan Orth. By pleading guilty to murder in a death penalty case, Gibson waives his right for the penalty to be determined by a jury. It is anticipated that the penalty phase will last approximately three days and is set to begin on July 28, 2014 at 9:00am in the Floyd County Superior Court 1.

Last October a jury found Gibson guilty for the April 2012 murder of 75-year-old Christine Whitis, and he was sentenced to death. In March of this year, Gibson pled guilty to the 2002 murder of 44-year-old Karen Hodella and was sentenced to 65 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

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