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HENDERSON: No fourth murder investigation in Gibson case

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Prosecutors are not investigating a fourth murder in the case of accused serial killer William Clyde Gibson.

Gibson did not appear for Wednesday's pre-trial conference.  But prosecutor Keith Henderson said everything is on track for the first of Gibson's three possible murder trials.  That is scheduled for February.

Gibson is charged with murdering three women -- Karen Hodella, Christine Whitis, and Stephanie Kirk.  But investigators in Nebraska have been saying that a pickup truck found there that used to belong to Gibson may be linked to a fourth murder.

Prosecutor Keith Henderson says that is all speculation:  "As far as a fourth alleged victim, I'm not aware of where those reports are coming from, either. And I'm not aware of what information a police officer or sheriff would have. To the extent that anything will come of that, it hasn't been reported to me yet."

Henderson confirms the truck either has been or is being processed for evidence.  But he says the truck is only of interest in the murder of Karen Hodella in 2002:  "And that's the one we believe, if it is related, it would be related to that. I've been surprised before. However at this point I have no reason to believe it's other than what we believe, possibly, was used in that murder."

Henderson also says Gibson's competency evaluation has been completed, though he has not yet seen the report.  He says, "The defense will have to determine to what extent, as well as the court, that that would be a factor. And I would anticipate at some point, there will be a hearing on that issue."

And Henderson also expects the defense to file a change of venue motion.  "I think that's a very good chance that the trial will be moved," he said.  "I think a case that has this kind of pretrial publicity, especially in the case of the state asking for the death penalty times two."

There was no comment on any of this from Gibson's defense team.

Gibson is facing the death penalty in the murders of Christine Whitis and Stephanie Kirk, but not Hodella.

Whitis' trial will be first, scheduled to begin Feb. 18 of next year.

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