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Third murder charge against Gibson delayed; cause of death awaited

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William Clyde Gibson (Floyd Co. Jail booking photo taken April 19, 2012) William Clyde Gibson (Floyd Co. Jail booking photo taken April 19, 2012)
Floyd Co. Prosecutor Keith Henderson Floyd Co. Prosecutor Keith Henderson

NEW ALBANY, Ind.  (WDRB) -- The prosecutor says it may be days or weeks before he files a third murder charge against New Albany resident William "Clyde" Gibson.

Floyd County prosecutor Keith Henderson would not call Gibson "a serial killer" during a news conference Monday, although Gibson's alleged actions point to it.

On Friday, authorities confirmed it was the body of a potential third murder victim they found after digging in William "Clyde" Gibson's backyard in New Albany.

They identified 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk's remains but cannot yet tell another clue that could lead to a third, murder charge against Gibson.

"We do have the toxicology that's got to be run, and that's going to take several days, if not several weeks. So, as of the autopsy on Saturday, there was no apparent cause of death," Henderson said.

Gibson sits in jail, held without bond, and already charged with the murders of Christine Whitis and Karen Hodella over the course of almost ten years.

Henderson said the cases include plenty of leads -- and plenty of inquiries about unsolved missing persons cases.

So there's more work to do, including another possible search of the Ohio River at New Albany.

Henderson would not label Gibson as a serial killer.

"Our allegations are, at this point, those are two, unrelated murders with no apparent link. And I know that's part of the definition."

Henderson also would not say if he thought authorities might find other bodies to link to Gibson.

However, the two murder charges so far -- and Gibson's past felony record could earn him the death penalty if convicted.

"Multiple murders as well as other factors. So he's eligible. But whether or not that's filed, we'll think about that," Henderson said.

Without death penalty, Gibson's maximum sentence on conviction would be 160 years in prison.

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