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Modern technology could cause problems in William Clyde Gibson trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials say modern technology could cause problems in selecting a jury in a high-profile murder trial.

Hundreds of potential jurors are being questioned in Dearborn County, Ind. over the next few days to see if they will be the ones to decide the fate of a supposed killer.

William Clyde Gibson is accused of killing multiple people -- and one of those women was from New Albany. But men and women in Lawrenceburg are going to be the ones responsible for deciding Gibson's fate.

"That's one of the reasons -- the main reason -- we moved the case to this distance, so that we could find potential jurors that had no knowledge of the case," said Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson.

Potential jurors are being asked three questions in the first round.

"We are asking their views on the death penalty: any hardship issues because this is a trial over the next 2-3 weeks back in New Albany, which is some hour-and-a-half away," Henderson said. "The third issue is their knowledge of the case."

Those who have been excused say the distance and being asked to stay sequestered for a couple of weeks is something they just could not do. And though officials are attempting to find a non-biased group, they say they are having some issues with modern technology even hours away.

"To the extent that there has been knowledge of the case, we found that it's been more so through the Internet," Henderson said.

"I don't think very many had," said Barbara Bondurant, an excused juror. "One of the girls was talking about, as soon as she had gotten the paper with a name on it, she looked it up on the Internet, but I didn't do that."

Defense attorneys declined to comment on the issue.

The trial is set to begin on Oct. 21.

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