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Court records reveal prosecutor's plan to try William Gibson

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Prosecutor Keith Henderson Prosecutor Keith Henderson

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Confessing to three murders will not be enough to put accused serial killer William Clyde Gibson to death. 

Prosecutor Keith Henderson tells WDRB News he's going to great lengths to make sure that happens:  "General cases, there's talk of whether things can be solved or offers made, but in a capital case that will not be the case. We are preparing for trial."

Gibson could face separate trials for each of the three alleged victims. Habitual offender charges could pile up an extra 30 years, in essence making it life behind bars.  It's all uncovered in audio and court records just released by the judge.  Henderson says, "We look forward to that methodical preparation and getting things in line to ultimately get to a trial."

The recordings reveal Gibson's sisters found 75-year-old Christine Whitis raped, maimed, and strangled in a car in his New Albany home.

Police interviews with Gibson in the following days triggered several searches.  Lead detective Kerry East testified that Gibson admitted to murder on his 45th birthday

She says, "He has a knife tattoo on his right lower arm and the date October 10, 2002. I asked if he tattooed that on there on the day he killed Karen Hodella and he told me, 'Yes.'"

Gibson also admitted to killing Stephanie Kirk, who was found raped and buried in his backyard.

The habitual offender charge is a backup to a possible mental health defense.  As Henderson puts it, "I'm sure there will be, in capital cases we always see mental health motions filed."

Gibson's record shows ten felony convictions over 20 years.  Those include a sexual assault conviction in Louisville, theft charges in Floyd County, and similar charges in both Clark and Floyd counties.

"We've dealt with our share of appeals here," Henderson says, "and we want to do everything we can to have a clean record here and to seek a conviction, and if we do get a conviction, that that's upheld."

Gibson's first trial is set for August 27th.

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