|Southern Indiana man pleads guilty to 3rd murder|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Tuesday, 03 June 2014 21:01|
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man previously convicted of killing two women pleaded guilty unexpectedly Tuesday to killing a third while jury selection was underway.
William Clyde Gibson III, 56, of New Albany, pleaded guilty to murder in connection with the strangulation death of Stephanie Kirk, 35, of Charlestown. Her remains were found buried in the backyard of Gibson's home in 2012.
The plea waives Gibson's right to a jury trial. Instead, Floyd Superior Court Judge Susan Orth will decide Gibson's sentence during a hearing set to begin July 28 and expected to last three days.
Gibson was sentenced to death last fall after being convicted of killing family friend Christine Whitis, 75, of Clarksville, in 2012. He was sentenced in April to 65 years in prison after agreeing to plead guilty in the death of 45-year-old Karen Hodella of Port Orange, Florida.
The discovery of Whitis' remains by Gibson's sisters on April 19, 2012, led to the unearthing of Kirk's remains eight days later.
A jury from Evansville was to be brought to Floyd County, located across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, for Gibson's third trial. Tuesday was the second day of jury selection.
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson had no immediate comment on the guilty plea. He scheduled a news conference for Wednesday.
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