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Accused serial killer Gibson ruled competent to stand trial

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A judge agrees with the experts--that accused serial killer William Clyde Gibson is competent to stand trial. WDRB is learning more details in court about the mental evaluations Gibson went through.

Two doctors testified in court Friday about William Clyde Gibson's behavior, and his attempted suicide while in jail.

"Too bad he didn't succeed. But he needs to go through the system, so," said Tony Kirk, Stephanie Kirk's father, of Gibson's suicide attempt. 

"Now that we've heard about this suicide attempt, it shows me that he knows he did something very terrible to my mother and to Stephanie Kirk," said Mike Whitis, son of Christine Whitis.

In court Friday -- Doctors described Gibson as cooperative and calm during mental competency evaluations. The only concern was that suicide attempt--but ultimately a judge ruled Gibson competent to stand trial.

"There was no doubt in my mind that he was competent. Crazy yes, you've got to be crazy to do the things he did," said Whitis.

Police say Mike Whitis' mother, 75-year old Christine Whitis was sexually abused, killed, and mutilated by Gibson. He is also charged with killing --53-year-old Karen Hodella, and 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk, who was also sexually abused--her body found buried in Gibson's back yard. Gibson faces the death penalty in the cases of Kirk and Whitis.

Prosecutor Keith Henderson asked the judge to consider lifting an order banning Gibson from contacting the media. Gibson reached out to media outlets months ago, but hasn't bothered the families. "The only contact I've had with him was at the very first hearing he was at, I was there," said Whitis, "as he exited the courtroom, he mouthed the words 'I'm sorry' to me."

The trial for Whitis' mother, Christine is up first in February in Floyd County, with a jury brought in from Dearborn County. "I feel really bad for Tony (Kirk) and his family that they have to sit through the proceedings for my mother before they can really get started with theirs, I know how difficult the wait is," Whitis explained.

Tony Kirk and Mike Whitis have learned to lean on each other. "Hang in there, and uh, I'll be there for you when the time comes," Whitis said to Kirk.

Kirk replied, "I'm here for you."

Gibson is due back in court for another hearing on Oct. 24.

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