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Accused serial killer's trial delayed until next summer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Floyd County, Ind. judge has ruled that the first trial for accused serial killer William Clyde Gibson will be delayed until next summer.

Gibson appeared in court Thursday afternoon as his lead attorney asked Judge Susan Orth to move the trial date.

The judge agreed over the objection of Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson.

Gibson is charged with killing three women: 76-year-old Christine Whitis, 53-year-old Karen Hodella and 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk, whose remains were found in Gibson's back yard.

The Whitis case was scheduled to begin in February, but Gibson's attorneys say they need more time to prepare.

Judge Orth set a new trial date of July 15.

The delay prolongs the pain for the victim's families, but Henderson says he's not surprised the trial was delayed.

Both the Whitis and Kirk trials will be death penalty cases.

A jury will be brought in from Dearborn County, Ind.

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